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

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Philip Rumney

University of the West of England

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

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'

Suggested Citation

Rumney, Philip, Is Coercive Interrogation of Terrorist Suspects Effective? A Response to Bagaric and Clarke (2006). University of San Francisco Law Review, Vol. 40, pp. 479-513, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1316949

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