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James E. Mitchell

Psychologist, CIA Interrogator, Author

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Florida
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$15,000 - $25,000

Dr. James E. Mitchell served as an interrogator for the CIA from August 2002 through January 2009. Dr. Mitchell led the development of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program after 9/11 and was a primary interrogator from its inception.  In his presentation, Mitchell offers a look inside the minds of those trying to destroy America.

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James E. Mitchell served as an interrogator for the CIA from August 2002 through January 2009. He was involved in the development of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program and was one of their interrogators from its inception until President Barack Obama shut it down by executive order on January 22, 2009. He interrogated fourteen of the most senior so-called high-value detainees in U.S. custody, including Abu Zubaydah; Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the amir, or “commander,” of the USS Cole bombing; Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, terror attacks; Hambali, the Bali bomber; and Abu Faraj al-Libbi, the man who took over for KSM as the leader of terrorist attacks against the United States for al-Qa’ida, to name a few.

Dr. Mitchell served twenty-two years in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a lieutenant colonel including seven years at the USAF Survival School in Spokane, Washington.

In addition to his experiences as an interrogator, Dr. Mitchell is a law enforcement trained hostage negotiator and served on a hostage negotiation team. He has also consulted with military counterterrorist units, and the FBI, NSA, and CIA on divergent topics, including psychologically profiling war criminals, predicting violence, psychologically profiling and influencing foreign assets, surviving hostage situations, selection of individuals for high-risk missions, and handling hostages wired into improvised explosive devices during rescue.

Dr. Mitchell has a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida. He received his BS and master’s in psychology from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

Speech Topics

Gain an eye-opening look into the minds of the Islamic terror masterminds seeking to destroy America. Explore their motives and beliefs with the clinical psychologist who, as an interrogator in the controversial CIA Enhanced Interrogation program, went head-to-head for years with fourteen of the most senior terrorists in U.S. custody, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. Learn what they told him first-hand about why the war on us by violent Islamists is far from over and why many of our freedoms and protections are viewed by terror leaders as weaknesses placed in our minds by their god to make it easier for them to conquer us. Examine how the lessons learned from these insights can be used to make us safer.


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EDITOR’S CHOICE

  • "Dr. Mitchell held the audience spellbound as he told his story about interrogating KSM and other Islamic terrorists. In short, his message was riveting and served as a stern warning about the dangers we face in the years ahead." -Dan Weber, President, AMAC