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Use honey, not vinegar method, on terrorist detainees

Published on Feb 6, 2014 7:03 PM
 

His job is not to hand out justice or exact revenge, but to elicit accurate and reliable evidence or intelligence -- by lawful means. This is Mr Mark Fallon's response to a question on whether harsh methods should be used during interrogation of hardcore terrorists who have killed innocent civilians.

He is one of the world's top interrogators of terrorist detainees, having participated in hundreds of interrogation cases during his 30-year-career as a former United States Navy counter-intelligence agent.

Interrogators who use torture techniques such as water boarding, hurl insults at the subjects, or belittle their religious beliefs will not get reliable information, he tells The Straits Times in an exclusive phone interview.

A better method would be what he describes as the cookie, tea and honey method, whereby the interrogator treats the subject with dignity and respect.

Mr Mark Fallon, one of the world's top interrogators of terrorist detainees, says treating the subject with dignity and respect is a better method than using torture techniques such as water boarding. -- PHOTO: VICKI GREEN
 
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