Secrets of the interrogation room

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Anthony Shaffer was posted to Afghanistan as an undercover agent in 2003 and writes about his experiences in the hugely controversial Operation Dark Heart – a book the US military never wanted him to publish. He explains how he uses questions, and not torture, to get the information he needs from prisoners, and cites a real-life example from his tour of duty in Afghanistan.

This story was taken from the current edition of The State We're In - F.Y.I.
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