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Accountability in Interrogation of Terrorism Suspects

The Interrogator’s Dilemma: Abuse, Accountability, and the Myth of the “Ticking Time Bomb” (December 7, 2009)

Matthew Alexander is a former senior interrogator for the U.S. Air Force who conducted or supervised over 1,000 interrogations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

At a recent event, Alexander presented current training methods and detailed his own efforts to amend the U.S. Army Field Manual to include noncoercive techniques and remove passages that could be read as sanctioning torture.

He also reported on his recent research trip to Indonesia, South Korea, and Singapore, where he interviewed senior intelligence officials, including the chief of Detachment 88, Indonesia’s elite counterterrorism unit.

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