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The Uniformed Military Balked at ‘Enhanced Interrogation’ Because They Had Better Option in Now-Banned Technology

The headline above a recent Stars and Stripes article caught my eye, because it included four words — the uniformed military balked — that became familiar to me as I conducted an exhaustive four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of credibility assessment and interrogation technologies.

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Those four words reminded me of the memos issued by three top DoD officials in an attempt to remove one interrogation technology from the toolkits of our nation’s top military and intelligence warfighters. Worth repeating is the fact that it took three memos, because most warfighters simply refused to give up the tool after the first two memos were issued in June 2004 and in 2007. In other words, the uniformed military balked. It was only after a third memo was issued in June 2008 that the technology was finally removed from warfighters’ toolkits.

Some of our nation’s top warfighters described their reactions to the memo-backed efforts to take away one of their most-effective interrogation tools.

A former member of the Navy SEALs, who spoke with me on the condition I not reveal his identity, said the second memo, issued by then-Under Secretary of Defense James R. Clapper Jr., was a contributing factor in his decision to retire from the military much earlier than he could have. He went on to say that the people responsible for efforts to remove that technology from the hands of warfighters “should face charges and do time.”

A former Army Green Beret, who used the now-banned technology to conduct some 500 interrogations of enemy combatants and other detainees, spoke with me under the same condition. He told me he “would testify in front of Congress that this piece of equipment is essential for (Human Intelligence) personnel on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan.  If they want to save lives, they’ve got to put this piece of equipment back into that theater. Every unit should have this equipment.”

Why did members of the uniformed military balk at giving up this particular piece of interrogation technology? Because it works far better than any kind of torture or “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

There’s only one place where you’ll find the details about how well this technology worked with detainees at Guantanamo Bay, on members of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle (a.k.a., “The Deck of Cards”) and on members of al-Qaeda and the Taliban — inside the pages of my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo.

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Bob McCarty Offers Weekly Recap: December 7-13

This week’s list of story topics included everything from bombings to “bullshit detectors,” and a lot of them seemed to come straight from the news headlines. Below is the weekly recap of activities at BobMcCarty.com:

Click image above to read the post, "Remember Pearl Harbor -- 73rd Anniversary."

Click image above to read the post, “Remember Pearl Harbor — 73rd Anniversary.”

Sunday, Dec. 7 — I shared a half-dozen photographs taken on the “day that will live in infamy” under the headline, Remember Pearl Harbor — 73rd Anniversary.

Monday, Dec. 8 — One week after sharing my last Ferguson, Mo.-related post, I offered news about something an Army Special Forces veteran shares in common with residents of North Saint Louis County. Hours later, I posted an observation about how torture of terrorists might be a moot issue if not for the actions taken by James R. Clapper Jr. before he became our nation’s top intelligence official.

Tuesday, Dec. 9 — As the guy who wrote the book about credibility assessment technology, I was amazed to hear a Rolling Stone reporter claim she possesses a “finely tuned bullshit detector” during an October 2012 appearance at her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. So I shared a few observations here.

Wednesday, Dec. 10 — As the controversy about the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques continued to dominate the news, I pointed readers to a Vice.com interview of a man some say is “The Architect” of those techniques.

Thursday, Dec. 11 — Soon after I came across details about a new Wonder Woman book, I simply had to share news about the fictional superhero‘s connection to the polygraph machine. Later that day, I reflected upon how a Green Beret’s life changed forever after being accused of rape and kidnapping by a young German woman.

Friday, Dec. 12 — Why did I share another excerpt from my first crime-fiction mystery novel, The National Bet? Because Conservatives needed a reason to smile after learning about the passage of a $1.1 trillion cromnibus spending bill by members of the Republican-controlled and -led U.S. House of Representatives.

Saturday, Dec. 13 — Because the temperature is supposed to reach into the mid-50s or higher, I plan to spend as much time as possible outside; therefore, this might be the only post I share today.

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