BBC Radio 4 has a fascinating subject under consideration this evening - how best to extract information from the enemy.
In recent years we have had the American policy of waterboarding and the tedious philosophical question of whether torture is justified if you have the immediate task of finding a ticking bomb (instances of this, outside of James Bond films, appear rare) This programme takes a different approach.
Interrogators Without Pliers runs at 8pm on Monday 15 October and introduces us to a fascinating historical figure, Hanns Scharff, who interrogated downed pilots for the Luftwaffe. No tying up people with piano wire here however. Scharff instead looked to develop friendships whilst never appearing too interested in what he was actually looking to find out.
Interrogation it seems, is an art. Whether waterboarding is, I shall leave to others to discuss.