Two words: False confessions. Quite common in interrogation rooms. Far more common with 'mental anguish'.You see, when asking only questions with known answers, a sense of omniscience grows in the subject for their captors. Hell, police use this tactic during routine interrogations. They'll ask a series of questions they already know with fair certainty to test the bounds of where the lies start, and then they'll ask the entire battery of questions multiple times, in different orders, just to try to trip up the subject. Add in a little mental anguish and some traumatic bonding, and you have a fairly good recipe for intel gathering. This **** works. You don't have to believe me, and it's pretty obvious you're not going to no matter what, but it does work. It's not just simply beating someone until they talk.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
BTW, in this case the word effective means working as desired. What is desired is to good information most if not all the time. When it doesn't work that way, it is ineffective.
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
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