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What a CIA analyst learned about US intelligence from the interrogation of Saddam Hussein.


When I worked for the CIA I remember wanting to do a study based on the captured documentation, a deeper dive into who Saddam was, so that we could share this with the White House, other intelligence agencies and ultimately the American people. And it was met with "Who cares? We don't do stuff like that." It was just dismissed. I think that's just insane.

Former CIA analyst John Nixon examines the shifting relationship between the President, the intelligence community and intelligence itself over the last 25 years, and explains what he learned about US foreign policy and the future of the Middle East from his role in the interrogation of Saddam Hussein after his capture.

John is author of Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein from Blue Rider Press.

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John Nixon

John Nixon is a Middle East expert who worked as a CIA analyst on Iraq and Iran from 1998 to 2011.


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