Interrogation of Morals is an autobiographical piece by Jason Meszaros about his experience serving in the military during a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2004. His military service in Afghanistan altered his perception of freedom, courage, and integrity. Meszaros states: I want this book to be an example of the hardships, the experiences, the courage, the integrity and the honor that our military stands for. The military is and always has been a part of this country and will forever be here to protect Freedom and Liberty in America. Meszaros was in Afghanistan for only eight months, but those eight months would change him forever. He notes that...one of the hardest parts of being a citizen soldier is having to transition back to being a civilian. He will never forget being on the team that took down Roze (Rosie) Khan, a Taliban leader who had become a legendary outlaw known as the Taliban Billy the Kid.
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Jason Meszaros has 15 years of military experience as an Intelligence and Psychological Operations Officer. He has received the Bronze Star Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. As an Army Intelligence Officer, Capt. Meszaros was assigned to a task force investigating Al Qaeda and the Taliban. In Operation Noble Eagle, he worked in the Washington, D.C., area with federal law enforcement agents on the investigations of detainees and was a liaison to the Central Intelligence Agency. As part of that assignment, he traveled to Guantanamo Bay and viewed the interrogation of detainees. Capt. Meszaros traveled to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004 and supported the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force. While in Afghanistan, he participated in the interrogation of numerous senior Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders, including the man who led Osama bin Laden out of Tora Bora in December 2001, a senior Al Qaeda operative for Southeast Asia, and others. During this time, he participated in highly classified missions targeting senior Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders such as Roze Khan, a.k.a. the Taliban Billy the Kid, as featured on CBS's 60 Minutes. Capt. Meszaros's most important mission was documenting the Al Qaeda training camps (Al Farouq and Tarnak Farms) where numerous 9/11 hijackers received terrorist training in small arms, poisons, bomb-making, assassinations, and counter-interrogation. Capt. Meszaros was a member of the only unit in the Army that specializes in Psychological Operations (PSYOP) with enemy prisoners of war, and he led a team comprised of analysts, product development specialists, and interrogators. He deployed to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Forge and traveled extensively throughout the country. He has received training at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, PSYOP Officer Training, and numerous trainings as an Intelligence Officer. Capt. Meszaros is currently the Chief Information Officer for a Minnesota state agency and active with numerous Veterans groups in Minnesota. He resides in St. Michael, Minnesota, with his wife and daughter.Review:
Interrogation of Morals is a great book on many levels. For the Warrior who must find that moral compass that will keep his honor intact, it is a guidebook; for the civilian who wants to know how Warriors see their small bit in the grand play of which they have only a small part, it is a window into their souls. Captain Meszaros has captured the essence of the experience of his fragment of the whole in exact detail. Most of Americans forget how much the present wars impact our citizen soldiers and their families. We also forget how the politics of the world as a whole affect how they do the jobs we ask them to undertake. That is the greatest tragedy of the current political impasse America finds itself in. War is not an easy occupation under any circumstance. Adding a politically correct dimension to the mix and we are asking them to take on a mission profile that is not only more dangerous but in this writers opinion not in the job description of a Warrior. I have nothing but a profound sense of gratitude at the deep commitment with which these part time Warriors dedicate their lives to that impossible task. Interrogation of Morals includes all the above from the bare austere landscape portrayed on the covers to the risk and yes, even the joys inherent in a soldier's life. I found it difficult to put the book down once I started. Captain Meszaros' Interrogation of Morals will stay with you long after you turn the last page. Highly recommended reading in today's media climate. --Review by D. H. Brown, MWSA Reviewer (May 2009)
The real story of military intelligence as it is actually practiced in the War on Terror. The author, a reserve intelligence officer, served eight months in Afghanistan, and spent a lot of time outside the wire, getting shot at while collecting information, and terrorists. Here's what a lot of reporters miss, because you really have to live this work in order to describe it accurately. --Review by James F. Dunnigan - Author of The Perfect Soldier: Special Operations, Commandos, and the Future of US Warfare
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Book Description J. P. Hewitt Press, St. Michael, Mn, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: None. First Edition, First Printing. Signed by the author, Captain Jason Meszaros, on the title page; not personalized to anyone. Book itself is protected in a clear archival quality Brodart cover. Volume is clean, fresh, tight and bright. The work tells about how much the present wars impact our citizen soldiers and their families. War is not an easy occupation under any circumstances. Adding a politically correct dimension to the mix and we are asking our military to take on a mission profile that is not only more dangerous but in the writers opinion not in the job description of a warrior. A very interesting read about the current military and political environment. A very nice copy. Signed By the Author. Bookseller Inventory # 002558