Fighting It–Interrogation Techniques

The Geneva convention is based on several principles

1) reciprocity and mutual respect    for      2) uniformed soliders, now prisoners who   3) obey rules of war and don’t intentionally target civilians.

The fight against an Islamo-fascist enemy is against terrorists  who:

1) treat our captives brutally, slit their throats on video  2) don’t wear uniforms and 3) intentionally mass-murder civilians.

If we make no distinctions between these illegal combatants and regular armies, then what incentive is there for organizations to fight according to the established rules?  Nonetheless, in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision, we are trying to move to a consensus on interrogations techniques.  Many in Congress and elsewhere oppose the following:

1) sleep deprivation           2) changing room temperatures     3) uncomfortable positions like standing for long periods and other coercive measures that are apparently quite successful in obtaining information to prevent attacks and capture other terrorists.

Yet most medical doctors and fireman have known sleep deprivation for 24-36 hours and more.  Most people have slept in a cold room at one point or another and escaped with nothing more than a runny nose.  American soldiers are routinely made to stand at attention until at least some of them faint (suffering no long term damage).

Heather MacDonald wrote a well-thought out piece on this subject in 2005, published in City Journal, which is long, but well worth reading.  How do we win this battle against a suicidal enemy without coercion?


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