Unlike torture, this interrogation method actually works

A study published in the wake of the CIA 'torture report' has found that interrogators are far more likely to garner information if they treat their suspects in a friendly manner and build rapport with them.

Jane Goodman-Delahunty, of Australia's Charles Sturt University, interviewed 34 members of intelligence forces around the world and asked them what methods they had used in interrogation and what the results were.

She found that "disclosure was 14 times more likely to occur early in an interrogation when a rapport-building approach was used".

Confessions were four times more likely when interrogators struck a neutral and respectful stance. Rates of detainee disclosure were also higher when they were interrogated in comfortable physical settings.

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