Jackson Diehl at the Washington Post reports on the importance of positive reinforcement in Gitmo interrogation.
Yes, I was on a tour organized by the Pentagon; but no, the scene I witnessed was not a staged departure from a norm of pressure and pain. Rather, it was a sign of what five years of experience have taught Guantanamo’s interrogators about the most effective means of collecting intelligence from the “enemy combatants” captured in the fight against al-Qaeda. “Most of the productivity we see over time,” said a top intelligence official, “comes from the milk of human kindness.”
This is the best part. Apparently, they’ve hooked a detainee on the Harry Potter series, who, in exchange for a preview of the forthcoming last book of the series (uh, yeah, whateva), is giving up the intel. Frankly, after five years in stir, I’d probably sacrifice a limb for a glimpse of Hogwarts, and I don’t even like Harry Potter.