Using Science to Improve the Practice of Interviewing and Interrogation

Mark co-authored an article published in Police Chiefs Magazine about how research can improve the practice of interrogation and how the research studies offer an unprecedented perspective on the challenges, successes and mediations of overcoming resistance and collecting important information from non-cooperative sources.

Event Date
2015-09-01
Pub/Org
IACP Police Chief Magazine

Relax, The CIA Didn’t Torture People; It Just Tortured People

Ali Watkins interviewed Mark about how the CIA relied on SERE psychologists, with no experience in interrogations, terrorism or Middle Eastern culture to develop a program of systematic inhuman and degrading tactics that frequently rose to the level of torture.

Event Date
2015-09-08
Pub/Org
The Huffington Post

Time’s Up on Gitmo, Mr. President

Mark wrote an Op-Ed published in the NY Daily News Mark urges President Obama to move aggressively to transfer detainees cleared for release from GTMO and to bring terrorists to justice, real justice and constitutional justice, citing it’s not just President Obama’s legacy at stake; it’s ours.

Event Date
2015-10-14
Pub/Org
NY Daily News

Elite fed interrogation unit training local police, other agencies

USA Today reporter Kevin Johnson interviews mark about the creation of the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) and how law enforcement officials are starting to incorporate evidence-based research to improve their interview and interrogation training programs.  Mark told USA Today:”Many of us made our bones by getting bad guys to confess to crimes. We’re challenging that identity by suggesting that you may not have been as effective as you think,”

Event Date
2015-11-15
Pub/Org
USA Today

Guantanamo Agent: Investigate UK’s Role In Torture

Mark told LBC there’s been no evidence to establish that the infliction of abuse or pain or torture would result in the acquisition of accurate or reliable information and that it is counter productive, as it hardens resistance and results in tainted or flawed intelligence.

Event Date
2015-12-13
Pub/Org
LBC UK