Interrogation and Torture is a crucial and compelling contribution to the global fight against torture, arriving at a time when the acceptance of torture—incredibly—seems to be on the rise in some important quarters. Among the remarkable contingent of 36 contributors from 14 different countries, you will notably _ nd the current, and two former, UN Special Rapporteurs on Torture. And perhaps most signi_ cantly, I believe this invaluable book can help build a historic bridge between the human rights and law enforcement communities. Sometimes assumed to be adversarial, this book proves that their logics are remarkably similar when it comes to effective interrogation.
— Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, United Nations OHCHR
Criminal investigators are the purveyors of truth—the core objective of any interview or interrogation. The talented team of contributions in this book provide unprecedented clarity on this matter to those seeking to protect national security and the public safety. In doing so they offer sound guidance to improve the practice of obtaining accurate and reliable information, ensuring that those who employ the methods adhere to a code of ethics, integrity, and the law.
— David Brant, Former Director of the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)
The chapters found in this genuine page-turner offer valuable programs of action: the science presented by researchers and practitioners plainly guides us toward rapport-based interrogation because of its efficacy; international law experts call for a standard-setting instrument for non-coercive interviews; military professionals warn of grave strategic consequences for torture policy; and psychologists propose a Truth Commission to rescue their profession. Citizen readers of this book will become informed of significant developments on interrogation crucial to public policy, and the ultimate implementation of these insights will depend on self-aware and inquiring patriots.
— Jean Maria Arrigo, Social Psychologist, Recipient of the 2015 AAAS Award for Scientic Freedom and Responsibility
We have been in space, we can make the blind see, and we save our photos in clouds, but we don’t stop torture. We know torture is illegal and immoral, and now the emergent science shows it to be ineffective. Interrogation and Torture takes you through a dim and scary landscape, but the guides—the contributors to the volume—navigate well. The darker it is, the clearer they see. I strongly recommend this book—it’s out of the ordinary; it’s about life and death.
— Pär Anders Granhag, Professor of Psychology, University of Gothenburg
This volume delves into interrogation and torture at a unique moment as two novel and significant developments unfurl:
1. emerging scientific research shows non-coercive methods to be the most effective interrogation techniques;
2. efforts are made to integrate this science and practice into international law and global policing initiatives.
Of initial import, readers will find contributions presenting some of the burgeoning research to offer an introduction into the scientific literature. Also of genuine value, details are put forward of how this knowledge and science is being brought to bear on the realm of international law and evolving practices through the initiative launched in 2016 by the (now former) UN Special Rapporteur on Torture to create a Universal Protocol setting standards for non-coercive interviewing.
Such advancements have the potential to transform the conversation on interrogation and torture in all disciplines and the contributions in this edited book are meant to spark those discussions. Moreover, this volume can serve as a guide for the makers and implementers of policy who seek lawful, ethical, human-rights compliant—and the most effective—methods to obtain reliable information from those perceived to pose a threat to public safety. To achieve these aims the editors have brought together highly experienced practitioners and leading scholars in law, philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, social science, national security, and government (36 contributors from 14 countries) to illuminate meaningful insights from various fields of study.