Boykin, again

What was in that briefing?

Gen. William “I knew that my God was a real God, and his was an idol” Boykin is the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, reporting to Undersecretary Carbone.

I’ve been trying to resist the temptation to assume that Boykin must somehow have been involved in setting up the torture of the idolators at Abu Ghraib. But it’s hard not to wonder what might have been in the briefing he delivered last summer on “ways military interrogators could gain more intelligence from Iraqi prisoners.”

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: