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Interrogating Osama

By Jack Wheeler
jwheeler@politicalusa.com

10/9/2001

 

It is obviously important that OBL (Osama Bin Laden) not be simply hunted down and shot to death. He should be captured and interrogated until all the information he has about his terrorist network has been extracted from him - then he should be summarily executed.

What, then, would the most efficient and effective form of interrogation be? In 1995, the Philippine State Police captured an OBL agent. They knew he was planning some terrorist act but didn't know what. So they tortured him - the old fashioned way, right out of the movies with putting out cigarettes on his testicles, breaking his ribs, the whole brutal nine yards. It took two weeks and finally he broke, revealing a plot to hijack 11 airliners. By exposing and unraveling the plot, the torture saved hundreds, perhaps thousands of lives, so it was clearly justified. The ethics of torturing OBL should not be an issue. As a practical matter, the question is: how to torture him in such a way that it takes hours, not days or weeks, for him to break; and when he does, you know for sure he is telling the truth.

To start, you don't want to use a so-called "truth serum" like thiopental sodium. It acts by confusing your memory so much you forget who is your friend and who is your enemy. So you think the interrogator is your friend and you talk - except you can't think or remember clearly. No, you want OBL to be thinking and remembering with crystal clarity.

The best lie detector - although it's not used as such - would be a medical brain scanning device called a functional MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). Light years in effectiveness beyond a polygraph, a fMRI scan can distinguish - instantly, in real time --when someone is lying as opposed to telling the truth, as different regions in the brain would light up. So here's what to do:

Fly in from the US and set up a fMRI at an interrogation center at the Termez airbase in Uzbekistan. When OBL or any of his agents is captured, bring him to the center and do three things: place him under the fMRI brain scanner, put him on a mechanical respirator, and give him an injection of a paralytic drug called succinyl choline chloride (SCC).

SCC causes muscle paralysis by blocking neuromuscular junction. It causes immobilization without affecting the central nervous system, such that OBL cannot move yet he is fully conscious and there is no analgesia (pain relief). The dosage has to be right, and administered so that he is paralyzed from the neck down. He can think, remember, and talk, yet all of his muscles below his neck are in paralysis, including the intercostal muscles and diaphragm. Thus he cannot breathe. The mechanical respirator breathes for him. Without the respirator, he would quickly suffocate and die.

Now the interrogation begins. OBL is asked a series of questions to which the answers are known (e.g., Are you a Moslem? Would you like a drink of pig grease?) If he lies, the respirator is turned off. Few experiences are more terrifying than that of suffocation. After a sufficiently terrifying period of suffocation, the question is asked again and the process repeated until he tells the truth. Once you have the regions in OBL's brain clearly distinguished that light up when he is lying or telling the truth, the serious questioning starts. It will not take long, an hour or two at the most, before OBL or his agent is singing like a full chorus of canaries.

After all useful information has been extracted from his brain, it is imperative that OBL or his agent be immediately killed. There can be no trials. OBL or any of his agents, once successfully interrogated, must be summarily executed and no physical remains left. One way would be to cremate the body and scatter the ashes to the winds. Any and all members of the Moslem Terrorist Network must know that, once captured, they will betray their comrades and that their fate will be ashes. The only way to win The War Against Moslem Terrorism is to terrorize the terrorists into giving up their evil Jihad.

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