The power of persuasion, Coercive interrogation is ineffective and damaging – NewScientist (news flash)

Practices such as sleep deprivation, isolation and forcing prisoners to maintain stress positions may fall outside the legal definition of torture but their impact can be just as damaging.

And as with “proper” torture, they often fail to yield any information at all, or elicit worthless statements by causing detainees to lose touch with reality.

The power of persuasion

Coercive interrogation is ineffective and damaging. We need a more effective and humane approach

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