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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:05 am    Post subject: Good cop, good cop. Nazi interrogator. Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/0/19923902

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Aircrew who anticipated a Gestapo-style battering were in for a surprise when they encountered Obergefreiter Hanns Scharff, who had acquired fluent English when working as a businessman in pre-war South Africa.

Although his inscrutability secured him the nick-name Stone Face, he was otherwise a genial fellow. He was a self-taught interrogator who used persuasion rather than punishment as a strategy for getting Allied prisoners of war to disclose more than the customary name, rank and number, permitted by the Geneva Convention.

Scharff always began by doing his homework thoroughly. Before commencing an interrogation session, he checked all available data, generally acquainting himself with whatever was known about the pilot's service and personal circumstances.


Remember that character played by Christoph Waltz as a Nazi? This guy is probably the inspiration.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a fairly persuasive school of thought that torture only results in the prisoner making stuff up and telling the interrogator what they want to hear. Gaining trust and probing for answers in a relaxed manner is supposedly far more productive, but slower.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is my opinion that, unfortunately, torture is highly effective when used as one of multiple modes of interrogation combined under a single highly trained case manager, with the forthcoming information fed into all-source intelligence for corroboration and feedback to interrogators. The more unconstrained, the more effective. It's also one of the most condemnable things one human can do to another, and its use should be categorically rejected.
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