Is Coercive Interrogation of Terrorist Suspects Effective? A Response to Bagaric and Clarke
University of San Francisco Law Review, Vol. 40, pp. 479-513, 2006
35 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2008
Date Written: 2006
This article examines claims regarding the effectiveness of coercive interrogation as an interrogation tool used to produce intelligence to prevent acts of terrorism. The article draws on a wide range of historic and contemporary sources in concluding that there are a range of inherent problems in using coercive methods, such as torture, to gain reliable, timely life-saving intelligence. This paper also considers one further issue - the importance of debating the question of effectiveness to establish the reliability of various claims made by those proposing a system of legalised torture.
Keywords: Torture, coercive interrogation, terrorism, effectiveness, 'torture debate'
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