By Matthew Alexander, John R. Bruning
Discovering Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the chief of Al Qaeda in Iraq, had lengthy been the U.S. military's most sensible precedence -- trumping even the hunt for Osama bin encumbered. No brutality used to be spared in attempting to squeeze intelligence from Zarqawi's suspected affiliates. yet those "force on force" thoughts yielded precisely not anything, and, within the wake of the Abu Ghraib scandal, the army rushed a brand new breed of interrogator to Iraq.
Matthew Alexander, a former felony investigator and head of a handpicked interrogation group, offers us the 1st within examine the U.S. military's try out at extra civilized interrogation concepts -- and their surprising luck. The intelligence coup that enabled the June 7, 2006, air strike onZarqawi's rural secure condo was once the results of a number of keenly strategized interrogations, none of which concerned torture or maybe "control" tactics.
Matthew and his crew determined in its place to get to grasp their competitors. Who have been those monsters? Who have been they operating for? What have been they attempting to shield? on a daily basis the "'gators" matched wits with a rogues' gallery of suspects introduced in by means of distinct Forces ("door kickers"): egomaniacs, bloodthirsty youngsters, opportunistic stereo repairmen, Sunni clerics horrified through the sectarian massacre, Al Qaeda lovers, and sturdy humans within the incorrect position on the improper time. With such a lot prisoners, negotiation was once attainable and mental manipulation stunningly potent. yet Matthew's dedication to cracking the case with those tools occasionally remoted his superiors and placed his personal occupation at risk.
This account is an unputdownable mystery -- extra of a mental suspense tale than a warfare memoir. And certainly, the tale reaches some distance earlier the present clash in Iraq with a reminder that we don't need to turn into our enemy to defeat him. Matthew Alexander and his ilk, adequately subtle and versatile sufficient to evolve to the demanding situations of contemporary, asymmetrical war, have proved to be our greatest guns opposed to terrorists everywhere in the world.
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