SH: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Basically, when a guy is captured, hes stressed, he is frightened, and hes probably expecting to be mistreated, because in most societies in the world, thats the way it works. Disarming him psychologically, by treating him in a manner the opposite of what he expects, extending decent, humane treatment to him, showing concern for himself, his needs, being nimble in assessing and evaluating the person, and recognizing that getting information from someone is developmental, i.e. you wont get information from someone, generally speaking, just by saying okay, Im the captor, youre the prisoner, tell me what you know. You earn it. I like to say that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed probably didnt give up a lot of the information that he gave up because somebody started water boarding him and beating him up. Instead, they used a very clever approach, and played to his ego and his psychological need to be recognized as the architect of 9/11, and the guy talked. In all of the successful interrogation projects that Ive ever had anything to do with, extending fundamentally decent treatment to the detainees, we even used to call them guests. And you know, the guards would salute a prisoner if he was an officer, and we give them good food, and we would tell them it was unconditional, regardless of whether they chose to talk with us or not. And that type of an approach has a very high batting average.
Hummm.... Why not take the 'guests' to Dinseyland, maybe they will share and like us more?
Question: What do you want? do you want to win this war, and get the intel we need to do that or make yourself feel good?
posted on 02/13/2007 7:41:26 AM PST
(History takes time. It is not an instant thing.)
The old manual read: "when there's too much fat, do not heat the hook as the fat would cool it. Instead, take the pincers and tear the lard away"
posted on 02/13/2007 7:45:34 AM PST
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