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 quest for Osama bin weighted down. No brutality used to be spared in attempting to squeeze intelligence from Zarqawi's suspected affiliates. yet those "force on force" options 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 legal investigator and head of a handpicked interrogation crew, supplies us the 1st within examine the U.S. military's test at extra civilized interrogation innovations -- and their incredible good fortune. 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 perhaps "control" tactics.
Matthew and his staff made up our minds as a substitute to get to grasp their competitors. Who have been those monsters? Who have been they operating for? What have been they attempting to defend? on a daily basis the "'gators" matched wits with a rogues' gallery of suspects introduced in through specific Forces ("door kickers"): egomaniacs, bloodthirsty youth, opportunistic stereo repairmen, Sunni clerics horrified by means of the sectarian massacre, Al Qaeda enthusiasts, and sturdy humans within the improper position on the fallacious time. With such a lot prisoners, negotiation used to be 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 profession at risk.
This account is an unputdownable mystery -- extra of a mental suspense tale than a conflict memoir. And certainly, the tale reaches a long way prior the present clash in Iraq with a reminder that we don't need to develop 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 battle, have proved to be our greatest guns opposed to terrorists all around the world.