A new report shows the strict regulations that British soldiers have had to follow when interrogating terror suspects, including being restricted from shouting at suspects, using “insulting words” or banging fists on tables or walls.
According to Fox News, the report, obtained by the Sunday Telegraph, outlines the methods British soldiers are allowed to utilize during interrogations. The strict regulations were put in place mainly to avoid legal trouble, a move that has been criticized by current and former British commanders.
“The effect of the ambulance-chasing lawyers and the play-it-safe judges is that we have got to the point where we have lost our operational capability to do tactical questioning. That in itself brings risks to the lives of the people we deploy,” former British Army colonel Tim Collins said. “These insurgents are not nice people. These are criminals. They behead people; they keep sex slaves. They are not normal people.”
Fox News reported that since the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee findings that document torture methods used by the C.I.A. in the wake of September 11th, British officials have been concerned that “soldiers will risk exposure to disciplinary action and legal claims.”
“While these insurgents are chopping people’s heads off and raping women, the idea they can take us to court because somebody shouted at them is ridiculous,” former Counter-Terrorism minister Sir Alan West said. The regulations stem from the 2003 death of Iraqi citizen Baha Mousa, who was beaten to death by British soldiers while in custody.
Three Court of Appeal judges reportedly “identified several breaches” in the strict protocol through video footage. In one instance, a soldier was shown holding the hand of the prisoner being interrogated.
The rules were implemented in 2012, and are known collectively as the ‘Challenge Direct’ technique.
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