Cookies as Interrogation Tool
How did the FBI get Abu Jandal, the former chief bodyguard of Osama bin Laden, to spill the beans? Jandal is diabetic, and all it took was some sugar-free cookies:
[I]n tomorrow's TIME magazine, reporter Bobby Ghosh writes, “The most successful interrogation of an al-Qaeda operative by U.S. officials required no sleep deprivation, no slapping or ‘walling’ and no waterboarding. All it took to soften up Abu Jandal, who had been closer to Osama bin Laden than any other terrorist ever captured, was a handful of sugar-free cookies.”
Former interrogator/member of the FBI Ali Soufan, who testified to Congress last month, tells TIME: “He was a diabetic ... We had showed him respect, and we had done this nice thing for him .... So he started talking to us instead of giving us lectures.”
If all the interrogation tactics get leaked to the press, we'll never be safe. We need to know: what was the brand of cookies?