Program Details

The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein: A Lesson in Success - Boca Raton

George Piro
Video Catch-up

Course Description

On December 24th, 2003, George Piro was selected as the team leader and interrogator for the FBI team responsible for the interrogation of Saddam Hussein, one of the most brutal dictators of our modern times. This marked the first time in FBI history that the FBI interrogated a significant head of state in his country. During this time, Piro spent seven months leading the interrogation of Saddam Hussein and other key figures within the former Iraqi regime. Piro will provide insight into the seven months spent with Saddam Hussein, including the objectives and priorities of the interrogation, and discuss the FBI Behavioral assessment, including Saddam's vulnerabilities and environmental challenges. He then will walk through the FBI interrogation strategy and detail the successful results of the operation. Finally, Piro will share the values that helped him succeed in the interrogation of Saddam Hussein and throughout his law enforcement career.

About the Instructor

  • George Piro retired as the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Miami Field Office. In that role, he directed the counterterrorism, criminal, and counterintelligence programs; provided strategic leadership to the office’s nine hundred plus employees; executed an annual budget of ten million dollars; and as one of the FBI’s four offices with extraterritorial responsibility, ensured the FBI’s mission to protect the American people both domestically as well as the Caribbean, and Latin America. Over the course of his FBI career, George received numerous awards for his intelligence and law enforcement service, including the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the FBI Director's Award for Excellence, ADL’s Blue Shield Award for Counter Terrorism Excellence, Multiple FBI Combat Theater Awards, and the FBI Medal for Meritorious Achievement for life saving action. George was privileged to have had one of the most unique, distinguished careers, retiring as one of the most decorated special agents in FBI history, recognized as the 5th greatest special agent in FBI history.