Wednesday, March 23, 2016

When the Time Bomb Doesn't Tick

Stephen Hayes has some thoughts from a former CIA interrogator. An excerpt:

But what if, in a more likely situation, I was sitting across from the same guy conducting an interrogation without the knowledge that he had planned and set into motion an attack? There are no red alerts, no blinking lights – nothing is ticking. He is, at that moment, simply a high-level detainee with a devastating secret. What would you not want me to do, within the law, to retrieve that information from him – whether or not I had prior knowledge of his intentions? What would be the difference, morally, in my choice of techniques before or after I get word that an attack is imminent and he's been identified as the planner?


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