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John W. Schiemann

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190262365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190262365.001.0001

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A Realistic Model of Interrogational Torture

A Realistic Model of Interrogational Torture

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(p.83) 5 A Realistic Model of Interrogational Torture
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Does Torture Work?
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John W. Schiemann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190262365.003.0005

This chapter builds a Realistic Interrogational Torture (RIT) game theoretic model by incorporating multiple uncertainties found in the real world, including: the type of Detainee (Cooperative, Resistant, or Innocent), the Interrogator (Pragmatic or Sadistic), whether or not the Detainee has revealed all his information, and whether or not the Interrogator has understood the information as valuable. The history of torture also dictates two versions of RIT, one under objective questioning and one in which the Interrogator asks leading questions, giving the opportunity to an Innocent Detainee to provide “information.” The chapter also introduces the reader to variable rather than numerical payoffs and incorporates the former into the RIT model. Each feature is built up slowly, step-by-step with intermediate diagrams and helpful tables.

Keywords:   game theory, uncertainty, objective questioning, leading questioning, interrogational torture, information

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