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UPDATE; Enhanced Interrogation – and new CIA Director Gina Haspel March 14, 2018

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enhancedinterrogationWith the newly announced nomination of Gina Haspel as the country’s first female CIA director, there are some questions about her role in overseeing the ‘black sites’ where enhanced interrogation was applied to terrorists.  There are also pundits from all sides (including Senator John McCain) coming out with strong words against Ms. Haspel.  I would recommend that anyone with an interest in this country and this situation read the book Enhanced Interrogation by the man who actually designed, delivered and managed enhanced interrogation.  It changed my view.

Like most Americans I was horrified at the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks that killed over 3,000 people.  In the aftermath of the attacks, the US Government embarked on a mission to kill or capture terrorist leaders and stop another attack.  One of the most controversial measures approved to gain information was called ‘Enhanced Interrogation’ and included, specifically, waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and physical coercion.  When  knowledge of this program broke, it caused an uproar in the US.  In fact, the US Senate Intelligence Committee put out a report that called the process torture.

With the publication of Dr. James Mitchell’s (PhD) book Enhanced Interrogation, the reader finally gets a first hand look at the who, what, where, why, and when of the EI program.  Before I purchased and read the book, I had some very pointed views on the idea of EI and waterboarding.  Reading the book caused me to really think about what I knew about the program and people involved.  The writing was great and the story was really insightful.  I think Dr. Mitchell did a great job on this book and telling a very difficult story.   Here is a great interview with Dr. Mitchell.   If you have any interest in this subject, you need to pick up this book!



Park City 911 Emergency…handled the right way today… March 10, 2014

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BasinRecThose who follow my blog know the story of my 4 year old son, Tyler, who was badly injured in an indoor playground facility. Listening to the 911 calls of his incident is infuriating and brings tears to my eyes. Today, is another story of a situation handled well by complete 3 strangers.  I was driving with my 15 year old nephew Christopher down Highland drive past the local recreation center.  My nephew looks out his window and yells “STOP! there is someone hurt in the parking lot!”  I stop the car and look to see a man on the ground in obvious distress and another kneeling above him.  My nephew jumps out of the stopped vehicle and sprints to the parking lot while I turn the car around. As I pull into the parking lot, Chris already has 911 called from his iPhone and is trying to give directions and a description of the incident.  He is from Texas and had the presence of mind to get local 911 and call.  The man rendering aid is very shaken up (his hands are literally shaking) and says “It looks like a seizure but I have never seen one like this”.  He instinctively knew enough to try to keep the patient calm, while covering him and trying to treat him for shock.  I took the phone from my nephew to give 911 directions to the incident. An ER doctor then showed up at the rec center and started rendering aid.  I then handed the phone to the friend of the person in distress and the emergency services showed up shortly thereafter.    The point here?  If you have never taken a First Aid class, please do.  Stay calm and always call 911 FIRST.  In this situation, the ER doc was overheard telling the patient that if he had a history of seizures he would not need to go to the ER.  At least a 15 year old had the presence of mind to call. I could not be more proud of my  nephew jumping into action and handling a stressful situation like a professional.  When we left it looked like the patient was doing much better.

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