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 best 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" ideas 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 felony investigator and head of a handpicked interrogation workforce, supplies us the 1st within examine the U.S. military's test at extra civilized interrogation suggestions -- and their outstanding luck. The intelligence coup that enabled the June 7, 2006, air strike onZarqawi's rural secure condo used to be the results of numerous keenly strategized interrogations, none of which concerned torture or perhaps "control" tactics.
Matthew and his crew determined as a substitute to get to grasp their rivals. Who have been those monsters? Who have been they operating for? What have been they attempting to guard? on a daily basis the "'gators" matched wits with a rogues' gallery of suspects introduced in via certain Forces ("door kickers"): egomaniacs, bloodthirsty kids, opportunistic stereo repairmen, Sunni clerics horrified via the sectarian massacre, Al Qaeda lovers, and sturdy humans within the fallacious position on the incorrect 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 equipment occasionally remoted his superiors and positioned his personal profession at risk.
This account is an unputdownable mystery -- extra of a mental suspense tale than a battle memoir. And certainly, the tale reaches a long way prior the present clash in Iraq with a reminder that we don't need to turn into our enemy to defeat him. Matthew Alexander and his ilk, adequately subtle and versatile adequate to evolve to the demanding situations of contemporary, asymmetrical battle, have proved to be our greatest guns opposed to terrorists all around the world.