Thursday, January, 29, 2015

Interrogation in the 21st Century : Merging Science and Human Rights, New America DC

Interrogation in the 21st Century : Merging Science and Human Rights

Thursday, January 29, 2015

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

New America

1899 L Street NW Suite 400

Washington, DC 20036


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Ever since reports of abusive tactics surfaced in the early 2000s, the efficacy of interrogation methods used by the U.S. military and intelligence services has been an issue of contention. Over the past 15 years, the debate has focused largely on whether or not abusive tactics were necessary to elicit intelligence. The discussion has been largely among politicians, with little input from scientists who have relevant data, or from practitioners who can speak to the efficacy of ethical, science-based methods that treat detainees with respect. Until now.

New America is pleased to welcome Col. (ret.) Steven Kleinman, a career military intelligence officer with expertise in human intelligence and strategic interrogations; Mark Fallon, a national security consultant and former deputy assistant director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service; Christian Meissner, a professor at Iowa State University who has coordinated a five-year research program for the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group; and Melissa Russano, associate professor of criminal justice at Roger Williams University who has interviewed interrogators with experience of questioning high-value targets, for a discussion about the methods that are really used in these kinds of interrogations, and the value of the intelligence that they elicit.

Follow the discussion online using #TalkTactics and following @NatSecNAF.


Mark Fallon
Director, ClubFed LLC

Col. (ret.) Steven Kleinman
Retired Officer, U.S. Air Force

Dr. Christian Meissner
Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University

Dr. Melissa Russano
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Roger Williams University


Peter Bergen
Director, International Security Program, New America