Friday, April 24, 2009

Rinse, Ask a Question, Repeat

Look — I'm far from an expert on these things, and I certainly don't have access to all the classified information about the interrogations of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. But still, I'm gonna just throw this out there:
How effective can waterboarding be as an interrogation tool, if you have to do it to a guy 183 times, to get all the information you want out of him?

Seriously: if the standard for an "effective interrogation technique" is that it is more or less successful if you try it 183 times, I can imagine quite a lot of less brutal and controversial approaches that would qualify. For example, I like the song "Jump in the Line" by Harry Belafonte. Wait — I don't just like that song, I love it. But by the time you've played it for me 183 times, I'd probably sell out my family just to get you to stop.

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