In today’s episode, David speaks with a brave Holocaust survivor and friend, Henry Friedman. In the past, the two had formed a friendship and built a strong connection. The connection inspired David to write a book chapter based on the impact that Henry left on him. Opening up about his life, Henry shares his story before & after migrating to the United States. Henry expresses the fears he felt during his life, and states how despite the adversity he has endured, he remains humble & grateful for the life he has lived.
David talks with Eric Maddox, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Baghdad interrogating members of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle.
In the clip below, Eric shares his secrets to getting prisoners to talk, from his work in more than 2,500 interrogations during the Iraq war
“All I do in interrogations is I flip the script and say, “If you cooperate with me, I help you. I’m going to get you out of here. If you don’t cooperate with me, you’re never going anywhere.” “Wait a second, Eric, what if they’re guilty?” They all know something.”
“If you do not cooperate with me, you’re guilty of one thing, not helping me. I don’t care what you do out there. I can’t control what you did. I can’t control what I can prove. All I can prove is what you’re going to do for me here. You know something that helps me. As long as you give me everything I need, I’m getting you out of here.”
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David P. Smoot is manager of Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC, a Renewable Fuel and “Energy” development company providing sustainable, cellulosic, ASTM compliant designer jet fuel, and founder of the Pro Players Classic Celebrity Golf Tournament. Smoot has been named as a board director for Folds of Honor, Arizona Chapter.
Strap yourself in for this amazing debut episode of Season 2 of “The David Johnson Show” – The Veteran Talk Show.
This is the unclassified story of the manhunt for Saddam Hussein as told by lead interrogator Eric Maddox, a U.S. Army Veteran who spent 6 months serving in Baghdad interrogating members of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle.
In this episode, Eric shares the stories, challenges, and the process of how his team gathered all the key intel that led to Saddam Hussein’s eventual capture. He eventually shared his story about his experiences in Baghdad in his book “Mission: Blacklist #1”.
About guest Eric Maddox:
Eric Maddox joined the Army in 1994, spent three years as an infantry paratrooper (82nd Airborne Division), later joined the military’s Defense Language Institute, studying Chinese/Mandarin, and eventually got trained as an intelligence collection officer. In 2003, the Iraq war starts and Eric instead gets sent to a new mission in Baghdad.
Over the next year, Eric became an interrogator in Iraq, working with a Delta Force team on raids. There were already dozens of Iraqi prisoners. It was Eric’s job to make prisoners of war talk. He used his training and his techniques to help shape the future intelligence collection for the military and civilians around the world.
Since 9/11, Eric conducted over 2,700 interrogations while deployed eight times in support of the Global War On Terrorism, including multiple tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, South America, Southeast Asia, and Europe. During this period, he conducted over 300 interrogations and collected the intelligence which directly led to the capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003, while assigned to the Joint Special Operations Task Force during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
It’s a tremendous story that underscores the foundation of Eric’s current life as an author, consultant, motivational speaker, and interrogator. Learn more at https://ericmaddox.com/.
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