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Torture and the Ticking Bomb

by Anthony J. Marsella When I accepted the invitation to review Bob Brecher’s provocative book Torture and the Ticking Bomb, I questioned whether yet another book debating the ethics of torture was needed. Could anything more be said about the … Continue reading

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Simply incompatible with American principles

“Torture is counterproductive to keeping America safe and it doesn’t matter if we do it or if we pass it off to another government. The result is the same. And morally, I believe, there is an even stronger argument. Torture is simply incompatible with American principles.” (Alexander, 2008)

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Using brains instead of brutality

In his book, How to Break a Terrorist: The U.S. Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, to Take Down the Deadliest Man in Iraq, Matthew Alexander, with John R. Bruning, describes his memories from his experience as interrogator in a prison in Iraq.How to Break a Terrorist book cover

So, how do you “break” a terrorist, i.e., get a prisoner to open up and give information under interrogation?

Alexander’s answer is in appealing to… Continue reading

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