Darius Rejali continues to make news with Torture & Democracy

Darius Rejali is a leading expert on torture, and in 2007, he wrote the definitive volume on modern torture–particularly forms of torture that don’t leave marks on the body (waterboarding, forced standing, electric shock, etc). In The National Post, John Moore writes an op-ed about the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s alleged policy of sharing information even if it was acquired through torture. He points to Darius’s book for evidence that old-fashioned police work trumps torture in the quest for good, actionable intelligence.

In his exhaustive 2007 book Torture and Democracy, Reed College professor Darius Rejali examined the 1954-62 Algerian war of resistance against France as a kind of lab experiment for what the U.S. now coyly calls “enhanced interrogation” (a term coined by the Nazis). Under torture, rebels usually offered information that was already known, or supplied the identities of their own enemies, whom the French then conveniently eliminated. In one case, a man was found with a map identifying the location of a bomb-making factory. Instead of translating the map, French interrogators wasted three days torturing the man, providing ample time for the factory to be relocated. Torture failed where humane police work might have succeeded.

Read more at The National Post.