Thursday, August 27, 2009

HIGeldy Piggeldy

Yes folks: Hail the establishment of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) -- an outfit meant to take the place of all those evil meanies at the CIA who did all those nasty, evil, bad, bad, bad things to the guys who want to see us all dead (otherwise known as Islamic terrorists) to get information out of them. HIG is apparently a multi-agency interrogation group and will be used to attempt to get information out of "high-value" targets -- basically the same thing we already had only different apparently.

Assuming we captured Osama bin Laden tomorrow, we'd first have to figure out who this group reports to because it isn't clear yet according to tonight's news reports. Then, we'd have to transport him from where we found him to where this unit is based and make him beg for mercy using techniques from the Army Field Manual like direct questioning where the interrogator asks the terrorist "direct questions" (Duh!) and "emotional pride" where the interrogator attempts to flatter the terrorist into cooperating by appealing to his ego. This is described as "creating incentives for cooperation". If they want to get really tough with bin Laden, they can give him the silent treatment or they can lie to him in special situations. But stripping him of all his clothes is out of the question.

Feel safer? I know I do.

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