Skip to comments.How Do Interrogators Make A Captured Terrorist Talk?
Posted on 03/04/2003 6:49:53 AM PST by TroutStalkerEdited on 04/22/2004 11:48:20 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
Other than torture or truth serum, American authorities have an array of options in extracting information from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Captured Saturday in Pakistan, Mr. Mohammed was flown Monday to the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, the typical first stop for prisoners captured in the war against terrorism. Mr. Mohammed, al Qaeda's alleged leader of terrorist operations against the U.S. and the suspected brains behind the 9/11 attacks, may be tried eventually, but Washington's first priority is collecting intelligence to prevent future attacks and capture Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders.
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If he still fails to talk, drown one of his friends in a vat of pig blood.
And so on.
The U.N. has already ruled out this option as being directly contradictory to treaty provisions precluding 'mental torture'.
Bamboo shoots under the fingernails, cutting off fingers one knuckle at a time, eye gouging, electrodes on his winkie - I have no moral problem with those. However, exposing him to a nude Helen Thomas definitely crosses the line. Barbaric! I refuse to support a government that would use such cruel and inhumane tactics.
In this case I would suggest that the word "severe" not be viewed in absolute terms, but relative to the pain and suffering he has inflicted. Let's see, what would be severe relative to being burned or crushed to death 3000 times?
Just reading that concept damn near killed me.
Then when they are finished with him, bury him alive in a drum almost filled to the top with pig guts and blood.
Take the blindfolded perp into a running helicopter, rumble around a bit, then, when he doesn't talk, shove him out the door.
When he finally stops screaming, and realizes the chopper was still on or very near the ground, say, "Next time, we go up!" < LOL >
Easy. Find some six-foot tall, wiry special forces guy and cover him with a burqa. Have him walk into the room where the terrorist is being interrogated, and tell him that Janet Reno is naked under the burqa and they'll pull it off if he doesn't talk.
Somebody has their work cut out for them.
Good Lord! Go to your room without dinner.
We ran the largest P.O.W. training camp in the military at the time. I worked as an interrogator in our camp for two years.........and was very, very well trained by active duty experts.
That experience stuck with me like you can't believe, lo these 25 years later.
Even in training, let me tell you that it all gets QUITE real to the "prisoners" very quickly. This was not long after Vietnam, and we had a fair number of former Hanoi Hilton residents (God bless 'em all) as on-site observers and advisors.
I can also tell you that, point blank, it is remarkably easy to make someone talk WITHOUT torture. I brought hulking beasts twice my size to tears..........literally sobbing tears............in less than half an hour without laying a hand on them. They were all given "stories" to protect, and I got every last tidbit out of 'em.
I was damned good at what I did (more than one former P.O.W. looked me in the eye after viewing one of my interrogations and paid me the supreme compliment: "You're quite an asshole. Reminded me too much of a couple guys in Hanoi. Great job.")...........but I can tell you that it was the TRAINING I received from the experts. I consider myself nothing more than an amateur at best, and I assure you that I could get these guys to sing like birds.
Trust me.........our REAL experts will know what these guys' mothers fed them for breakfast 20 years ago before they're through, and they won't utilize "torture" to do it.
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