Jose A. Rodriguez Jr.
Role: director of CIA counterterrorism center; CIA deputy director for operations
Years: 2002 to 2004; 2004 to 2007
After brutally interrogating a key detainee for seven days in August 2002, a CIA team at a remote prison sent a message to Washington warning that they were approaching “the legal limit” and inviting top officials to visit or witness the sessions on a secure video. Rodriguez responded that speculation in cables on legal limits was “not helpful” given that guidelines had been set “at the most senior levels of the agency.”
“We did what we were asked to do, we did what we were assured was legal, and we know our actions were effective,” Rodriguez wrote Dec. 5 in the Washington Post.