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Jose A. Rodriguez Jr.

Jose A. Rodriguez Jr. is a 31-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency. When he retired in January 2008 he was the Director of the National Clandestine Service, the head of all human clandestine operations for the CIA and responsible for the coordination of human operations for the entire U.S. intelligence community.


From 2002 until late 2004 he was Director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center where he lead the worldwide intelligence collection programs and covert action operations against international terrorist organizations following the 9/11 attacks and the ouster of terrorists from Afghanistan. He is a former Deputy Director of the CIA's Counternarcotics Center and Chief of the Agency's Latin America Division. During his career he served in seven overseas assignments and was Chief of Station four times.

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He wrote Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives," to set the record straight regarding his decision to destroy video tapes of interrogation sessions of Al Qaeda terrorists and the value of the Enhanced Interrogation program. Hard Measures was an instant New York Times best seller. Jose was featured on CBS News "60 Minutes," he was also in the HBO documentary “Manhunt” and the Showtime documentary “Spymasters.” Over the years he has been interviewed on many occasions on numerous national and cable news networks. In October 2018 he was featured in episode 5 of the Netflix series “Terrorism Close Calls.”


Regarding Hard Measures, former CIA Director General Michael V. Hayden (USAF, Ret.) said: "Jose Rodriguez guided some of the CIA's greatest counterterrorism victories, and his story is one of courage, commitment, and decisiveness."


Jose received many honors and awards during his career including the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Award, the George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the Defense Intelligence Director’s Award and three Director of Central Intelligence Awards.  Jose A. Rodriguez Jr. is a 31-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency. When he retired in January 2008 he was the Director of the National Clandestine Service, the head of all human clandestine operations for the CIA and responsible for the coordination of human operations for the entire U.S. intelligence community.  


From 2002 until late 2004 he was Director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center where he lead the worldwide intelligence collection programs and covert action operations against international terrorist organizations following the 9/11 attacks and the ouster of terrorists from Afghanistan. He is a former Deputy Director of the CIA's Counternarcotics Center and Chief of the Agency's Latin America Division. During his career he served in seven overseas assignments and was Chief of Station four times.