Fighting terrorism the smart way
29 July, 2009
By Bryan Lower
The new school of interrogators gets the goods on terrorists
How to Break a Terrorist, Matthew Alexander with John R. Bruning, Free Press, New York, 2008.
Inside the Wire, Erik Saar with Viveca Novak, Penguin Press, New York, 2005
We’ve heard the horror stories about the treatment of captured enemy combatants at the hands of American interrogators. Barack Obama and Dick Cheney have staked out territory on opposite sides of the debate about whether torture works. We on the outside can and have passed judgment on these matters, but we must base our judgments on evidence provided from those on the inside. That is why these two books by Erik Saar and Matthew Alexander are so important. For them, interrogation is not a theoretical abstract, it is palpable reality.
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