FBI interrogator describes how torture failed

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  1. hulugu macrumors 68000

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    From NPR, comes this story about "The Black Banners" a book by former FBI interrogator Ali Soufan.

    "The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda" describes how the FBI used smarts and personal rapport to gather information from suspected al-Qaeda leaders.

    Soufan argues that his techniques of rapport-building and analysis was able to get information from Zubaydah, but an interruption by a CIA-contractor he calls "Boris" changed this relationship as Boris used "enhanced interrogation techniques."

    Soufan says that the information stopped flowing after the arrival of a man he calls Boris.

     
  2. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    That was bushco's most shameful failure. It wasn't about getting information, it was about the desire for brutality, pure and simple.
     
  3. iStudentUK macrumors 65816

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    I for one don't care if torture is useful or not, it is a non-factor in my mind. Nobody under any situation should be subjected to torture or inhumane treatment, full stop.

    The head of MI5 gave a speech a few days ago, and said torture should never be used even if it could save lives. I was delighted to hear that from such a senior person. (Hopefully it reflects the behaviour of my government :confused: )
     
  4. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    Dude. You guys have SAS. They don't even have moral compasses. :p
     
  5. Peterkro macrumors 68020

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    I think the speech you're referring to was by the ex-head of MI5 Eliza Manningham-Buller.

    (the person who is the actual head of MI5 tends to say f-all about f-all)
     

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