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Interrogation and the Golden Rule « The Washington Independent

Jul 31, 2020
Yesterday I noted that some intelligence officials have legal concernsabout being held to the Army Field Manual when they conduct interrogations. But a group of retired flag officers who met with President-elect Obama appear to have a fairly simple solution for how to conduct interrogations within the boundaries of the Geneva Conventions and accepted best-practices in eliciting information. From The Washington Post:
[Ret. Rear Adm. John] Hutson said the new administration should stick to what he called the “golden rule”: “What would we want the enemy to inflict on us or not inflict on us?” Any deviation from norms such as the Geneva Conventions, he said, undermines the ability of the United States to insist on the proper treatment of any captured American soldiers and damages the standing of the United States around the world.
Hard to argue with that. And why would you want to?
Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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