Iraqi Case Study : Strategy Interrogation

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Iraqi Case Study: Strategy of Interrogation After the events of September 11, the United States found itself in position never seen before. Unlike the last few hundred years of conventional warfare, the United States was fighting a new type of war. This war was not waged against other nations but rather on small groups with a similar ideology. The country needed to quickly adapt to the new threat and how it would eventually overcome it. One such issue came under the guise of how the U.S. would interview/interrogate prisoners of this new found war. This essay will use a case example to look into the culture of the new enemy; identify legal issues, interrogation strategies, and defense mechanisms when interrogating this new threat.…show more content…
intervention in the country has negatively impacted each of them in different ways. Religion is a pivotal foundation for the way they run their day to day life. The extremist inside of these groups “quote Islamic scripture, prophetic traditions, and legal opinions to support their claims and activities.” Breaking each of the detainees will be a trough and trying process for even the more experienced interrogator. Legal Issues Before any interrogation can begin, the interrogators need to know what authorities and policies they are required to follow. On January 27, 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13491 with the purpose of outlining how Interrogations will take place by U.S. forces. Section 3 (b) specifically states, “Effective immediately, an individual in the custody or under the effective control of an officer, employee, or other agent of the United States Government, or detained within a facility owned, operated, or controlled by a department or agency of the United States, in any armed conflict, shall not be subjected to any interrogation technique or approach, or any treatment related to interrogation, that is not authorized by and listed in Army Field Manual 2–22.3 (Manual).” This EO clearly defines the line of what techniques and approaches can be utilized for each detainee. It also nullifies any responsibility of the U.S. over the treatment of D1 and D2 prior to coming into U.S. control. However, because D3, D4, and D5
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