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The Man Who Found Saddam and the Power of Listening Without Bias

  • 06:00 PM
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The Man Who Found Saddam and the Power of Listening Without Bias

Hot Topics

with Eric Maddox

July 18, 2018

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; presentation from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Edwards Interfaith Chapel | Edwards

How do you find a man halfway around the world, one who most definitively does not want to be found? It takes hundreds of hours of trials, attempts and failures. However, in 2003, Army interrogator Eric Maddox began to discover what gained him the most effective information and started using it repeatedly, ultimately leading him to the information everyone was looking for: the location of Saddam Hussein, the Ace of Spades in the infamous Deck of Cards.
Without using torture or physical contact of any kind, Maddox was able to penetrate Saddam Hussein’s most trusted circle to its core. His methods shaped the future intelligence collection for the military and civilians around the world. How did he do it? Through thousands of hours of experience, Eric fine-tuned his ability to listen without bias. In this program, Maddox will discuss the method he uses, called Empathy-Based Listening, and share what a powerful tool it can be for those who employ it.
Eric Maddox joined the U.S. Army as an infantry paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne Division after graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1994. After spending three years as an Airborne Ranger, Eric reenlisted as an interrogator and Chinese Mandarin linguist. Since Sept. 11, 2001, Eric has conducted more than 2,700 interrogations while deploying eight times in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) to include multiple tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, South America, Southeast Asia, and Europe.
In 2003, while assigned to a special operations task force in Tikrit, Eric conducted more than 300 interrogations and collected the intelligence which directly led to the capture of Saddam Hussein. As a result, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Director’s Award and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement. After being hired as a civilian with the Department of Defense, Eric continued to help fight the Global War on Terror (GWOT) until 2014. In May 2015, he earned his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and is now a private consultant and speaker.
This program is generously underwritten by Dierdra & Ronnie Baker and Amy & Jay Regan. The Hot Topic series is generously underwritten by Cindy Engles and Kathy & Neal Kimmel.

Note: The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; the program will begin at 6 p.m.

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