Rep. Hunter: Don't Stop Book-Reading Old Lady From Interrogating Detainees

Sometimes, the most effective approach to getting detainees to talk isn't the most obvious one, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) reminded his colleagues Wednesday.

In arguing against a Democratic measure that would prohibit contractors from detainee operations, Hunter recalled witnessing an unlikely contractor's effective interrogation.

"It was an older lady reading a children's book to a detainee. And I said, 'You've gotta be kidding me. You know, I expected all the classic stuff like we see in the movies,'" Hunter said on the House floor.

He continued: "If you've got somebody that you can contract with that can walk into a room and walk out maybe two days later, maybe eight days later, maybe six months later, with information that will save lives of your troops and advance a mission, who cares if that's an elderly lady who happens to be a civilian and may not want to join the Army."

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), somewhat surprised by Hunter's anecdote, responded, "Make her an offer she can't refuse if she's that good."

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