Ali Watkins interviewed Mark about how the CIA relied on SERE psychologists, with no experience in interrogations, terrorism or Middle Eastern culture to develop a program of systematic inhuman and degrading tactics that frequently rose to the level of torture.
USA Today reporter Kevin Johnson interviews mark about the creation of the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) and how law enforcement officials are starting to incorporate evidence-based research to improve their interview and interrogation training programs. Mark told USA Today:”Many of us made our bones by getting bad guys to confess to crimes. We’re challenging that identity by suggesting that you may not have been as effective as you think,”
Mark told LBC there’s been no evidence to establish that the infliction of abuse or pain or torture would result in the acquisition of accurate or reliable information and that it is counter productive, as it hardens resistance and results in tainted or flawed intelligence.
Shepard Smith interviews Mark on Fox News on terrorism, radicalization and symbols of oppression, torture and injustice; and how we need to reclaim the narrative that we’re a just nation and society.
Mark and Senator John McCain were interviewed after candidates, including Donald Trump promised to “bring back” types of torture “a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding” and the rest of the GOP field took a somewhat more nuanced position.
With a Number of Presidential Candidates Voicing Support of Torture Methods, New Statement Reminds Americans that Torture is Illegal, Counterproductive and Detrimental to National Security.
Mark and retired United States Marine Corps Commandant General Charles C. Krulak explain lawful, rapport-based interrogation techniques continue to be the most effective way to elicit actionable intelligence and how torture makes Americans less safe by increasing the risks to our troops, hindering cooperation with allies, alienating populations whose support the US needs and providing propaganda for our enemies.
Human Rights First released a letter that twenty-six national security professionals that signed a letter to all presidential candidates in September 2015. The letter urged the candidates to publicly reject torture as it is illegal, counterproductive, and detrimental to national security.
PoliceOne published a video of a WINx talk Mark gave at the WINx 2016
Mark told McClatchy that the recent scientific research has proved what seasoned interrogators have known for years: rapport-based techniques produce much better intelligence than coercion.
US News published an interview Associated Press reporter Deb Riechmann wrote where she interviewed Mark about how Appendix M could open the door to the types of abuses we have seen before.