Letters in a Box: The problem is that over time, the system becomes more and more gamed as it is more and more understood. There should be an injection of randomness somehow in order to make it somewhat unpredictable. There should be constitutionally mandated lotteries inserted into the system somewhere, somehow, at some random times. I’m not enough of a wonk to know where, or how, but I can picture maybe a random 6 year term for some office holders, or having jury members (that have not been...
Lu An Li: The moment I read this article I think of Calvin Perry III and his interrogation. Young man accused of a mass murder in Ft. Wayne IN. Calvin finally hung himself before being charged for the murders. Confessed freely and openly and it was all recorded on video and audio. Seen this video and heard the audio and it was remarkable how easily the man gave it all up. The experts on interrogations all agree that the interrogation was text book perfect and ought to be used as a training tool for...
Tim: Interesting, but what about the moral fortitude of the “accused.” Personally I wouldn’t admit to anything as an innocent person. Make a credible threat against my family and I would take the fall since protecting them has a higher value than protecting myself.
J.D. Saunders: Psych studies in all this were conducted 40–50 years ago, roughly during the period between Milgram’s seminal “Obedience to authority” study and the Stanford Prison Experiment. Cult indoctrination methods and standard interrogation methods were thoroughly researched. Little has changed in the interim.
Alrenous: Link. Easier to get to here, but link is liable to rot.
Lucklucky: Huh? Think before you post. Democracy is something that came with culture. Saddam was supported by Soviets, not Brits or US, so read your history books first.
Corey: The West’s been meddling in Iraq since the early 1900s. Had the Brits and US not regime-changed Iraq decades ago and put in Saddam and kept subverting actual democracy, Iraq would have slowly become secular. But gotta get them resources, don’t we?