Thursday, May 14, 2009

"Slow, Ineffective and Unreliable?"

I was listening to this story on NPR this morning regarding interrogation techniques. Toward the end of the story, the following statement was made by former FBI agent Ali Soufan...

"...these techniques have survived because it's easier to hit somebody than outsmart them."


This statement has really bothered me all day and I cannot get it out of my head.

I mean, I watch '24', I know what can happen to someone when they have been Jack Bauered. It is not a pretty site. And I know there is a gap between television and reality. But, how much of a gap? If the techniques are really described as "slow, ineffective and unreliable", then why would time be wasted on them?

story by Ari Shapiro, NPR News, Washington

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