John Rizzo

Former CIA general counsel John Rizzo, who helped create and implement the so-called “enhanced interrogation" program and targeted killings against Al Qaeda leadership after 9/11.

John Rizzo, former general counsel of the CIA and the man who helped create and implement the so-called “enhanced interrogation" program and targeted killings against Al Qaeda leadership after 9/11, will speak tomorrow at Pepperdine University.

Rizzo will headline a conference hosted by the Pepperdine School of Law called "The Future of National Security Law." Questions to be considered include: the legal and policy issues raised by targeted killings; how do we find the right balance between personal privacy and the need for security?; and why did Edward Snowden bypass internal NSA channels?

Rizzo spent 34 years as a lawyer with the CIA, ending with seven years as the Agency's chief legal officer. After 9/11, he was instrumental in implementing a wide range of aggressive counterterrorist operations against Al Qaeda. He later retired from the CIA, and has served as senior counsel at a Washington, D.c. law firm. He is also a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution, and the author of "Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA."

The conference takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. For additional info visit the website for the event. 

(6) comments

Steve Woods

Enhanced interrogation is much more human than what Al Queda is practicing on infidels and the Christians in Syria and the rest of the Mideast.

Stuart Ebert

Torture? Really? "That guy from Malibu" who thinks he knows so much about Native American history and culture should read up a little bit about various types of torture and abuse that natives inflicted upon other NATIVES. Get real.

Stuart Ebert

No, seriously, FBI raids and sting operations on the California Legislature are a beautiful thing. Racketeers and gunrunners that would make John Gotti blush.


Going to teach torture at the Christian college. HA

Matt Horns

Should be an interesting discussion.

Stuart Ebert

Maybe we need to do some Enhanced Interrogation on some of those gunrunning CA State Assembly members.

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