When a bomb is found at what was thought to be a drug lab BAU is brought in, and while Hotch conducts a state-side investigation Gideon matches wits with a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jind Allah
DEA Agt. Bonnie Ryan
Roger Ranney ...
DEA Agent Ken Norwood
CIA #1 (as Wiley Pickett)
CIA #2 (as Michael Edward Rose)
Sec. Chief


A DEA raid in Virginia 'accidentally' finds an Al Qaeda-type chemical bomb, presumably the work of Jind Allah and his Omega cell. Give her training and Middle Eastern experience, including speaking fluent Arabic, Hotch convinces Jason to take newcomer Emily Prentiss along for the interrogation in Gitmo (Guantanamo base, on Cuba). Gideon uses no further torture but Muslim-friendly reasoning, even invoking the Quran. Info makes a SWAT team find anthrax but lose a man at a second site; they learn his true identity is Egyptian: imam Jamal Abaza, who turned Jihad after his son Amir's death and set up a US MIS cell recruiting home-grown 'second choice' terrorists, who plan a bombing soon; Gideon tricks him... Written by KGF Vissers

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22 November 2006 (USA)  »

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"Lessons Learned" won the 2007 Human Rights First Award for Excellence in Television for its humane portrayal of detainee interrogation. The Awards Dinner, a $10,000-a-plate affair at the Chelsea Piers with Sigourney Weaver in attendance, was held on October 15, 2007. See more »


At the beginning when Haley sits up in bed and puts her hand to her face before the scene ends you'll notice that her wedding ring is on her right hand. See more »


Jason Gideon: [voiceover] Dale Turner mused some of the best lessons are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom of the future.
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23 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Curious to me the first review was so hung up on Mandy P. - the lead actor. (He did do an excellent job.) What's more interesting is this is the first script from one of the real BAU FBI types approached when developing the show. He had since gone on to being a consultant, writer, etc for this and similar shows (not sure his current status - nor do i care).

The difference between the CIA and FBI approach has been roundly reported over the years of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Gitmo.

This is an unvarnished thinly/none-veiled point of view from the FBI. What Mandy thinks is rather irrelevant.

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