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    How to Make Terrorists Talk

    How to Make Terrorists Talk - Yahoo! News

    The most successful interrogation of an Al-Qaeda operative by U.S. officials required no sleep deprivation, no slapping or "walling" and no waterboarding. All it took to soften up Abu Jandal, who had been closer to Osama bin Laden than any other terrorist ever captured, was a handful of sugar-free cookies.

    Abu Jandal had been in a Yemeni prison for nearly a year when Ali Soufan of the FBI and Robert McFadden of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service arrived to interrogate him in the week after 9/11. Although there was already evidence that al-Qaeda was behind the attacks, American authorities needed conclusive proof, not least to satisfy skeptics like Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, whose support was essential for any action against the terrorist organization. U.S. intelligence agencies also needed a better understanding of al-Qaeda's structure and leadership. Abu Jandal was the perfect source: the Yemeni who grew up in Saudi Arabia had been bin Laden's chief bodyguard, trusted not only to protect him but also to put a bullet in his head rather than let him be captured. (See pictures of do-it-yourself waterboarding attempts.)
    I found this article to be a reasonable commentary on interrogation. It's a bit on the long side, but it's worth a read as it endeavors to capture both sides of the argument.

    In particular, I was very impressed by Maddox and Alexander's ability to elicit information by understanding their quarry (see latter portion of the article). We are fortunate to have such skilled and persuasive patriots working on our behalf.

    I do wonder, though, what the best tack is when time is against us. The article mentions that this doesn't happen often - but what about when it does, and tens, hundreds, or even thousands of people may die if we don't obtain the information we need? I think proponents of utilizing torture have a point when they say it only takes one time when we don't have the information we need for disaster to strike. It's abhorrent under normal circumstances, but I can't say with certainty that, were I an interrogator, I could confidently claim that there is NEVER a time when it's necessary.

    I'll admit that I'm glad I'm not the one who has to make those kinds of decisions.
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    Re: How to Make Terrorists Talk

    Different strokes for different folks.

    Some techniques will work better on some subjects better than other techniques will work on others.

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    Re: How to Make Terrorists Talk




    Offer them a lifetime supply of pringles products.



    Obama Threatens Britain Over Torture Memo Release

    Greenwald sums up the message:

    "In other words: if you let your courts describe how we tortured Mohamed -- even if your laws compel such disclosure -- we may purposely leave your citizens vulnerable to future terrorist attacks by withholding information we obtain about terrorist plots...
    Independently, Article 9 of the Convention Against Torture requires that "States Parties shall afford one another the greatest measure of assistance in connection with civil proceedings brought in respect of any of the offences referred to in article 4, including the supply of all evidence at their disposal necessary for the proceedings." If the U.S. were a country that adhered to its treaty obligations -- rather than systematically ignored them whenever the mood struck -- that, too, would be significant.

    The principal issue here is that the Obama administration is not merely failing to investigate (let alone prosecute) acts of high-level criminality by U.S. government officials. Far worse, ever since he was inaugurated, Obama has engaged in one extraordinary legal maneuver after the next to block American courts from ruling on the legality of those actions. He has now extended his Bush-protecting conduct to the international realm, as he re-iterates Bush's threats that we will purposely leave British citizens more vulnerable to terrorist attacks if their courts rule that, under their laws, their citizens are entitled to know what was done to Binyam Mohamed. "



    Obama knows how to make em talk...
    Thank you

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    Re: How to Make Terrorists Talk

    If Obama does not do something very definitive and very positive about stopping torture he will lose my support. Not that this mean a whole hill of beans but my vote is my only weapon in this fight.
    *insert profound statement here*

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    Re: How to Make Terrorists Talk

    Quote Originally Posted by Lerxst View Post
    If Obama does not do something very definitive and very positive about stopping torture he will lose my support. Not that this mean a whole hill of beans but my vote is my only weapon in this fight.
    I'm curious, what measures do you want to see Obama use?

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    Re: How to Make Terrorists Talk

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    I'm curious, what measures do you want to see Obama use?
    Against terrorists? We have tons of proven effective methods we can use as far as interrogation.

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    Re: How to Make Terrorists Talk

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Against terrorists? We have tons of proven effective methods we can use as far as interrogation.
    Yes, but Lerxst mentioned specifically that Obama isn't doing anything about it, so I asked what dod he want Obama to do that Obama isn't according to Lerxst?

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    Re: How to Make Terrorists Talk

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Against terrorists? We have tons of proven effective methods we can use as far as interrogation.



    Withholding the strawberry poptarts may be too extreme.
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    Re: How to Make Terrorists Talk

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Yes, but Lerxst mentioned specifically that Obama isn't doing anything about it, so I asked what dod he want Obama to do that Obama isn't according to Lerxst?
    Well he wants something definitive.


    An unenforcable executive order to begin to think about closing gitmo a year from now followed by an open threat to an ally for threatening to expose torture isnt definitive enough?
    Last edited by akyron; 05-29-09 at 11:57 PM.
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    Re: How to Make Terrorists Talk

    Quote Originally Posted by akyron View Post
    Well he wants something definitive.


    An unenforcable executive order to begin to think about closing gitmo a year from now isnt definitive enough?
    How about we let Lerxst answer the question instead of you shall we?

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