Iraq: What Works and What Doesn't Work: The Rules Of Interrogation

IT'S A MURKY BUSINESS, BUT SOME METHODS WORK BETTER THAN OTHERS

Ask veteran interrogators about torture, and they will tell you that real professionals don't need to use it. They get better information without resorting to extremes, they say. That's the official line. But the more desperate the war and the more elusive the enemy, the faster that line melts away.

Since 9/11, America has let its interrogation standards slide because it's hard to get information from religious extremists and insurgents. Yet information is the thing most necessary to prevent guerrilla attacks on the battlefield and terrorist attacks at home. And no matter what anyone says, there is just no attractive...

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