Khalid Sheikh Mohammad personally murdered journalist Daniel Pearl. He had the murder video taped. He stood on Pearl’s back, held his hair in his fist, pulled his head back and started sawing at his neck. He sawed the head off of Daniel Pearl as he screamed in fear and terror knowing what was happening. Then, when he finished, he held the man’s head up to the camera that was recording the event. He sent the video to the world.
KSM, by his own admission was the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks. He killed thousands of Americans on a peaceful morning.
KSM had information on other planned al Qaeda attacks. He was waterboarded by the CIA and, basically, “opened his Rolodex.”
That wouldn’t happen today. Under the new rules, all interogations will be supervised by the White House and interrogators can’t touch prisoners. They can’t even lie to them except in carefully outlined ways.
While “lying” might seem like an obvious interrogation method, the Army Field Manual only approves it in very specific circumstances.
Under the “we know all approach,” interrogators are allowed to “subtly” convince the prisoner that they know what he or she knows. This can be complemented by the “file and dossier” approach, in which interrogators present a “file” to a prisoner that appears to be much bigger than it really is, by being “padded with extra paper” and other decorations.
Other methods are mild enough to be authorized in any school principal’s office.
One method, the “direct approach,” is simply when the interrogator asks questions. Another involves creating incentives for cooperation. The “emotional pride” approach is when the interrogator flatters the prisoner into cooperating by appealing to his ego. The “silent approach” is also relatively mild.
“When employing this technique, the (interrogator) says nothing to the source, but looks him squarely in the eye, preferably with a slight smile on his face,” the guide says, urging the interrogator not to be the first to break eye contact.
I use harsher techniques on boys who want to date my teenage daughter.
Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, according to the 9-11 commission report, was the mastermind of the Oct. 12, 2000, attack on the U.S.S. Cole that killed 17 U.S. sailors.
Nashiri was also the target of an “unauthorized” CIA interrogation technique (that had not been legally vetted by the Justice Department) that is described in a May 7, 2004, CIA inspector general’s report that was partially declassified by the Obama administration this week.
CIA officers blew smoke in Nashiri’s face, according to the report, and they used cigars.
The IG’s office described this smoke-blowing as one of several “unauthorized or undocumented techniques” it discovered had been used in isolated incidents by CIA employees interrogating high-level al-Qaida terrorists.
Can’t we just surrender to al Qaeda and be done with it?