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Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA
Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA
By John A. Rizzo
Scribner, 2015, 336 pp
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Rizzo was the top lawyer for the CIA during much of the George W. Bush administration and was at the center of some of the most bitter controversies of the “war on terror.” Now retired, he has written as close to a tell-all memoir as the CIA’s review board will permit. Rizzo’s book will not be the last word on the “enhanced interrogation techniques” that were employed by the CIA under controversial guidelines produced by lawyers in the Bush administration’s Justice Department. Few skeptics will be convinced by Rizzo’s argument, however detailed, that such notorious incidents as the destruction of videotapes depicting the waterboarding of detainees at CIA “black sites” were not part of a deliberate cover-up. Passions run strong on these subjects, and, as Rizzo candidly acknowledges, mistakes were made -- sometimes by him. Rizzo writes with a dry wit and reserves his harshest criticism for what he sees as irresponsible, dilettantish, and intellectually lazy congressional and senatorial oversight committees.