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WW 2 Interrogators Got Information Without Torture

Posted By admin On August 21, 2008 @ 2:51 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled

George Washington’s Blog [1]
Thursday, Aug 21, 2008

Many people have noted that torture doesn’t work as a method for obtaining information.

Now, a group of leading World War II interrogators have broken their silence and confirmed that torture is not needed. As quoted in the Washington Post [2]:

“We got more information out of a German general with a game of chess or Ping-Pong than they do today, with their torture,” said Henry Kolm, 90, an MIT physicist who had been assigned to play chess in Germany with Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess.

Hess was one of the most important people to interrogate, and the U.S. government sent a mild-manner physicist to play chess with him to get information.

“During the many interrogations, I never laid hands on anyone,” said George Frenkel, 87, of Kensington. “We extracted information in a battle of the wits. I’m proud to say I never compromised my humanity.”

Indeed, successful interrogation is a battle of wits and treating the detainee with humanity is one of the cardinal principals in successful interrogation. Torture actually interferes with that process [3].



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[1] George Washington’s Blog : http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2008/08/wwii-interrogators-got-information.html

[2] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/05/AR2007100502492.html

[3] Torture actually interferes with that process: http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2008/07/torture-doesnt-work.html

[4] One of the Military’s Top Interrogators Says Torture Cost Hundreds ‘If Not Thousands’ Of American Lives: http://www.prisonplanet.com/one-of-the-militarys-top-interrogators-says-torture-cost-hundreds-if-not-thousands-of-american-lives.html

[5] Bipartisan Report: U.S. Practiced Widespread Torture, Torture Has “No Jusification” and Doesn’t Yield Significant Information, Nation’s Highest Officials Bear Responsibility: http://www.prisonplanet.com/bipartisan-report-u-s-practiced-widespread-torture-torture-has-%e2%80%9cno-jusification%e2%80%9d-and-doesn%e2%80%99t-yield-significant-information-nation%e2%80%99s-highest-officials-bear-responsib.html

[6] Torture Lover John Yoo Excoriates Obama For Banning Torture: http://www.prisonplanet.com/torture-lover-john-yoo-excoriates-obama-for-banning-torture.html

[7] Duncan Hunter: Torture Provided ‘Enormously Valuable Information That Saved American Lives’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/duncan-hunter-torture-provided-%e2%80%98enormously-valuable-information-that-saved-american-lives%e2%80%99.html

[8] Interrogation Experts From Every Branch of the Military and Intelligence Agree: Torture DOESN’T Produce Useful Information: http://www.prisonplanet.com/interrogation-experts-from-every-branch-of-the-military-and-intelligence-agree-torture-doesnt-produce-useful-information.html

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