cheeseburgers in paradise

In captured al-Qaida training handbooks, jihadists are told what to expect during interrogation. The U.S. will whip you, use dogs, give you water but not allow you to urinate, isolate you, insult your family.

“Some of them really became fond of some fast food French fries, and cheeseburgers,” Fallon said, noting that the law enforcement agents made frequent visits to a McDonald’s on the U.S. base.

Before the interrogation, they would study. Fallon sought help from a friend from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, chief psychologist Michael Gelles, to develop training that included Arab culture and social networking, tribal origins, al-Qaida camps, the roles of shame, obedience and secrecy.

Carter recalled an Australian detainee “coming in to discuss things, and just loving a pepperoni pizza, which is pork, and him being a good Muslim. He knew it. And smoking his Marlboros.

The scripted scenarios of the intelligence interrogators, such as Rapid Fire – repeatedly asking the same question with slightly different phrasings no matter what the answer – frustrated the criminal investigators as well as the detainees.

“If we had a cooperating detainee,” Carter said, “we would share that information, but then JTF 170 would get him up in the middle of the night to have him tell them the same information. It impeded our process.”

The messages from the Bush administration and the Pentagon had been mixed: The detainees were to be treated humanely, “consistent with” the Geneva Conventions on treatment of prisoners of war. But they also said that the Geneva Conventions did not apply: These were not prisoners of war, but “enemy combatants.”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15361458/

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