The study of interrogation : a focus on torture, but what about the intelligence?

Newbery, SL ORCID: 2013, 'The study of interrogation : a focus on torture, but what about the intelligence?' , in: Intelligence Studies in Britain and the US : Historiography Since 1945 , Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 222-235.

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Interrogation that aims to collect intelligence from the person being interrogated has received scholarly and public attention, largely as a result of its connection with torture. The torture debate – as it is known – began when interrogators were unable to gain intelligence from ‘four suspect terrorists, among them Zacarias Moussaoui, being held in a New York prison following the September 11 attacks’. Many media organisations then responded to official cues and came out in support of the use of torture for counterterrorism. This debate has intensified discussions about what interrogation practices might be permissible in the pursuit of intelligence. Swathes of publications on torture have followed, many of them of an extremely high quality. Far from all of them, though, are of benefit to the study of interrogation or intelligence. As this chapter will demonstrate, there are sources on interrogation practices that are waiting to be exploited by scholars, and now that interrogation has captured the public imagination, it is likely that the amount of research being conducted will increase. This chapter will demonstrate the current state of scholarship that addresses, or is relevant to, interrogation for intelligence-gathering. The first of the three main themes is justifiability. The question of what interrogation methods might be justifiable has been approached by legal scholars and moral philosophers. Both put forward arguments as to whether controversial interrogation techniques ought to be used.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Moran, C and Murphy, CJ
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for European Security
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9780748646272
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Samantha Newbery
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2015 15:28
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2018 15:55

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