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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-14-07 05:41 PM
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Rudy Giuliani: Criminal or Liar?
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Edited on Wed Nov-14-07 05:44 PM by marmar
From In These Times:

Rudy Giuliani: Criminal or Liar?
An investigation into Guilianis claims of familiarity with intensive questioning techniques
By Lindsay Beyerstein

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani raised serious questions about his record as a public servant when he announced on television that he had used intensive questioning techniques on New York mobsters and other criminals, and that his brand of intensive interrogation was difficult to differentiate from torture.

Giuliani put on his best tough-guy act in an interview with Al Hunt on Political Capital with Al Hunt, which aired on Nov. 2:

I cant say that I , but I do know a lot about intensive questioning and intensive questioning techniques. After all, I have had a different experience than John. John has never run city, never run a state, never run a government. He has never been responsible as a mayor for the safety and security of millions of people, and he has never run a law enforcement agency, which I have done. Now, intensive questioning works. If I didnt use intensive questioning, there would be a lot of mafia guys running around New York right now and crime would be a lot higher in New York than it is. Intensive question has to be used. Torture should not be used. The line between the two is a difficult one.

Taken at face value, these are shocking revelations. Was Giuliani implying that he conducted these interrogations while he was Mayor? Or perhaps when he was the number three official in the Reagan Justice Department? The references to mafia guys and the New York crime rate may be an attempt to evoke Giulianis career as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he made a name for himself as mafia-busting prosecutor.

In These Times called Giulianis press office seven times over the course of 48 hours, seeking clarification about his remarks. These calls and messages were unreturned as of press time.

Its not clear exactly what techniques might fall under Giulianis rubric of intensive questioning. However, Giuliani said that the techniques that he favors are difficult to differentiate from torture.

It is far-fetched to think that Giuliani learned his enhanced interrogation techniques as mayor of New York. ......(more)

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