KSM Interrogator: Trump Should Find 'Legal Form of Coercion' for Captured Terrorists
Dr. James Mitchell, who formerly interrogated 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, said it makes sense for President Trump to evaluate current interrogation techniques on foreign captives.
Mitchell said he was one of the officials who advised the CIA to stop waterboarding terror suspects, but also said that if an American general were captured, current techniques allowed by the Army Field Manual would not be enough to break them.
"There should be some legal form of coercion," Mitchell said, "KSM would not have told us [anything substantive] without [enhanced interrogation]."
He noted that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) advised Trump to stick to the U.S. Army Field Manual's outline, but again underlined that America cannot rely simply on volunteered information from subjects.
Jennifer Griffin reported that the Trump administration does not intend to reopen CIA interrogation "black sites", contrasting from an earlier New York Times report.
Trump said in a recent interview that he would leave the decision to reinstitute waterboarding or other enhanced interrogation techniques up to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and CIA Director Michael Pompeo.
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