October 16th, 2007

bear by san

hey mister give me two give me two cos any two can play

Via links chased from criminalxminds, a really interesting interview with TV producer Adam Fierro (The Shield), intelligence expert Col. Stuart Herrington, and human rights advocate David Danzig, as they discuss interrogation techniques, the popular media, and what really works and what doesn't when it comes to information-gathering.

This is in relation to a new media award presented for the first time this year, the Human Rights First Award for Excellence in Television, which is to be given to a show that "depicts torture and interrogation in a nuanced, realistic fashion."

Col. Herrington's comments are particularly revealing:

Terri Gross: You keep saying that professionals know better than to use these kinds of torture techniques. Are you implying that amateurs who really didn't know better who were responsible for putting these techniques into play?

Col. Herrington: I'll do better than implying. I'll say it.

Also, there's a certain amount of discussion, re The Shield, in acknowledging that harsh interrogation techniques are excellent at getting people to tell you what they think you want to hear.

(Yes, I found out about this because Criminal Minds is among the nominees for the first award*. Others nominees include Lost, The Closer, and The Shield.)

I have a bad draft of "Knock on Coffins." Woo.

Today is devoted to cleaning the apartment, doing laundry, and eventually going for a hike somewhere in Simsbury.

*If you are curious as to why, you might check out the s2 episodes "Lessons Learned" (which is at its base a parody of 24, and as such does include the ticking-time-bomb fallacy (also discussed in the above interview)) and "Revelations" (in which we get to experience realistic (as opposed to glamorized) torture and interrogation from the point of view of a sympathetic victim.)

ETA: The Criminal Minds ep won the award, BTW.