shaking him so violently that his head bangs against the wall and hitting him in the chest hard enough to leave a bruise over his collarbone.The kidnapper talked within minutes, telling police that he had killed the boy, and directing them to his body. The mere threat of torture, combined with a beating, quickly produced accurate information. Something to keep in mind the next time someone makes a blanket statement that torture doesn't work.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Torture in Germany
In reference to a comment about my earlier post, "Nonsense About Torture," in which I made the argument that torture works, I noticed this account of German police interrogation that occurred in 2002. While interrogating a kidnapper who had abducted a child, police told him that they “will make you feel pain like you have never felt before.” They followed up this threat of torture by