The torturer’s apprentice

Sgt. Frederick displays evil in its full banality.

Sgt. Frederick, in an email home before the waste material hit the air-moving equipment, doesn’t sound at all like someone trying to hide sadistic excesses of which he was ashamed.

(Note: the antecedent of “they” and “them” apparently switches back and forth between the interrogators and the prisoners.)

It is very interesting to watch them interrogate these people. I have made some really close friends. They usually don’t allow others to watch them interrogate but since htey like the way I run the prison they make an exception. We have a special housing unit where they house the inmates that they interrogte. We have had a close bond with them since we help gettting them to talk with the way we handle them. We have had a very high rate with our style of getting them to break.They usually end up breaking within hours.

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: