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  •  I really don't get these people. (4+ / 0-)

    They feel compelled to talk and share every detail of the stupid crimes they commit.  To anyone who will listen, I might add, even guards.

    They just can't keep their big mouths shut.

    Can someone please explain to me how there can be a "moderate" position on equality??

    by browneyes on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 10:50:35 AM PDT

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    •  All of this discussion is pertinent (2+ / 0-)
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      Somewhat to the torture business, also.

      Every day's another chance to stick it to The Man. - dls.

      by The Raven on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 11:15:43 AM PDT

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      •  I've thought about informants and torture. (2+ / 0-)
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        Seems that human nature is to socialize and chat.  All they really need to do, imo, is to put informants in cells with these people.  They'll talk.  No torture "required."  They can't help themselves.

        With a seemingly sympathetic ear, people will disclose all sorts of stuff.  

        Can someone please explain to me how there can be a "moderate" position on equality??

        by browneyes on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 11:18:37 AM PDT

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        •  According to the Atlantic Monthly (2+ / 0-)
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          That's exactly what "traditional" interrogators do - it's one tool in their bag of tricks. They ran an article maybe 5 years back titled, "The Interrogators" or something like that, that had a panel of experts - FBI, Scotland Yard, Shin Bet - guys who have to get the truth from terrorists, kidnappers, murderers.

          The planted confederate was mentioned as very effective because as you say, "they love to talk - they want to talk." Also, cigarette and a cup of coffee was repeatedly mentioned as a technique that, if timed right, is devastatingly effective at winning cooperation.

          What bothers me so much about the torture business is how clumsy and stupid - and immoral - it is. We have trained experts who have spent their entire careers getting suspects to talk. We should have used them.

          Every day's another chance to stick it to The Man. - dls.

          by The Raven on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 11:27:53 AM PDT

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          •  It's almost unreal. (2+ / 0-)
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            Not only is it immoral and just plain wrong, it is teh stoopid.  You are absolutely right.  The professionals, who really know what they're doing, need to be back in charge.  Not the hotheads.  

            This is what happens when we let our emotions instead of our brains control our actions.

            Can someone please explain to me how there can be a "moderate" position on equality??

            by browneyes on Wed Apr 29, 2009 at 11:31:41 AM PDT

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