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  •  What the interrogation manual says about it (1+ / 0-)
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    Nightprowlkitty

    This is from the one in effect at the time.

    Fear-Up Approach
     The fear-up approach is the exploitation of a source's pre-existing fear during the period of capture and interrogation. The approach works best with young, inexperienced sources, or sources who exhibit a greater than normal amount of fear or nervousness. A source's fear may be justified or unjustified. For example, a source who has committed a war crime may justifiably fear prosecution and punishment. By contrast, a source who has been indoctrinated by enemy propaganda may unjustifiably fear that he will suffer torture or death in our hands if captured.

    This approach has the greatest potential to violate the law of war. Great care must be taken to avoid threatening or coercing a source which is in violation of the GPW, Article 17.
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    Use the confirmation of fear only on sources whose fear is justified. During this approach, confirm to the source that he does indeed have a legitimate fear. Then convince the source that you are the  source's best or only hope in avoiding or mitigating the object of his fear, such as punishment for his crimes.

    You must take great care to avoid promising actions that are not in your power to grant.

    FM 34-52, pdf p. 64

    •  what exactly are you driving at? nt (1+ / 0-)
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      Garrett
      •  Fear up, use of threats, (0+ / 0-)

        is expressed as "the greatest potential to violate the law of war."

        They can lie, as is being said in this thread, it is an explicit technique, but it is not necessarily true that it is legal.

        They have to be careful about threats. It comes with legal exposure.

        At the time this interrogation manual was written,

        a source who has been indoctrinated by enemy propaganda may unjustifiably fear that he will suffer torture or death in our hands if captured.

        was not so laughable.

        Omar Khadr was a kid. Their manual tells them

        The approach works best with young, inexperienced sources,

        Omar's youth at the time is an element in deciding the level of coercion. Their manual says the technique works best on kids. This backs up defense arguments about coercion and suppression.

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