Monday, April 02, 2007

Prisoners on TV

I see Iran is now claiming that all 15 of the sailors and marines captured two weeks ago have now confessed to being in Iranian waters. I find it curious how quickly Iran had members of the group on TV confessing to everything Iran claimed. It's not the first time something like this has happened, though last time it was footage of pilots in Iraq who had obviously had been beaten.

After the events of the first Gulf War I would have expected capture and use as pawns in the media would have been part of standard training for soldiers heading to the Gulf. This time the British troops seem to be in good health and to have been well treated. Lets face it, it would not be in Irans best interests to torture the prisoners for the sake of a 30 second TV sound bite. Are British troops trained to avoid torture and cooperate with interrogators after a certain number of days have passed once operational security wont be compromised or is something else going on?

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