Forget Torture, CIA: Here’s A Method of Interrogation That Works

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People are still in shock over the recently released report conducted by the Congress of The United States which outlined in grave, sometimes sickening detail, how awfully prisoners are treated by CIA prisoners in places such as Guantanamo Bay.

The irony of it all is that the report was unified on it’s main finding: torture does not work.  It gets more false confessions, lies, and is a complete failure on almost all fronts as a CIA method of interrogation.

But what if there was a method of interrogation that actually worked?

In a new article by The UK Independent called “Unlike torture, this interrogation method actually works[1], they say:

A study published in the wake of the CIA ‘torture report’ has found that interrogators are far more likely to garner information if they treat their suspects in a friendly manner and build rapport with them.

Jane Goodman-Delahunty, of Australia’s Charles Sturt University, interviewed 34 members of intelligence forces around the world and asked them what methods they had used in interrogation and what the results were.

She found that “disclosure was 14 times more likely to occur early in an interrogation when a rapport-building approach was used”.

[quote style=”default”]Confessions were four times more likely when interrogators struck a neutral and respectful stance. Rates of detainee disclosure were also higher when they were interrogated in comfortable physical settings. – Goodman-Delahunty [/quote]The CIA ‘torture report’ found that the methods used on terror suspects, which included “rectal feeding” and waterboarding were ineffective at gaining reliable information and in many cases detainees would simply tell interrogators what they thought they wanted to hear.

As the Atlantic points out, it has previously been observed that suspects are more likely to be tortured if they are “high-value”. Perhaps, the Atlantic suggests, because the nature of their supposed crimes are deemed too severe to be treated in a “buddy-buddy” way.

Another study highlighted by the British Psychological Society has shown that the general public is more open to people being tortured if they are suspected of terrorism.


[1] Unlike torture, this interrogation method actually works

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