Thursday, July 20, 2006

Why Do They Blindfold Terror Suspects?

Prompted by this article in Haaretz.

Just wondering. I could understand mafiosos, or other gangster-types who would be liable to take personal revenge on the people involved in apprehending them, and/or their families. But terrorists aren't so personally vindictive; I wouldn't think it'd matter to them who specificly caught them, since they hate all their enemies.

Anyway, here's some material for contemplating the question.



16 Comments:

Blogger The Jewish Freak said...

Please put a shirt on that last guy!

7/20/2006 10:32 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

Seriously. Ugh. You don't see me walking around shirtless, do you?

7/21/2006 1:05 AM  
Anonymous no trousers said...

I dunno, Ezzie, do we?

7/21/2006 1:27 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Oh c'mon people, he's a terrorist.
You expect him to follow societal standards of what's acceptable behavior in public?

7/21/2006 1:36 AM  
Anonymous angel one said...

I can't speak for all of them, but at least for the man being apprehended by the US soldier, the bag is not to prevent him from identifying his captors, but rather as a sensory depravation technique. They don't want him to know where he's going, and it could also be used as an interrogation technique.

7/21/2006 1:55 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Angel One:

So you're saying that it is so that he doesn't know where he's going, but only in order to 'shake him up' with sensory deprivation, as opposed to keeping the identity of the place secret? Interesting.

7/21/2006 2:29 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Oh, and Ezzie:

I'm sure we don't see you walking around shirtless, but i certainly hope we don't see you blindfolded and handcuffed and getting pushed into a police van by a whole squad of Dutch anti-terrorism cops in riot gear either :-P

7/21/2006 2:30 AM  
Blogger Jen Taylor Friedman said...

Cos it's a scary nasty thing to do to people, and also cos it makes us feel more in control.

7/21/2006 7:22 AM  
Blogger Lipman said...

sensory depravation technique

I think this is it simply. But Steg, why don't you ask some official representatives? The IDF site probably has an e-mail address or a form for questions like that. At least you'd get the official answer.

7/21/2006 9:36 AM  
Blogger Elie said...

I think it's to keep them disoreinted and to lessen the chance that they'll try to make a break for it; e.g., grab a soldier's gun, etc.

7/24/2006 2:08 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

Steg - don't be so sure. ;)

7/24/2006 7:57 PM  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Steg: Once a terrorist s captured, you want to keep him as disoriented as possible. Don't let him/her feel like they are in control in the slightest.

Therefore, by keeping them blindfolded, they have no clue where they are, they can't even think of escaping, they can't signal to anyone who may be watching them...and in general...makes life safer for those in charge of watching him.

7/25/2006 7:02 AM  
Blogger Ari Kinsberg said...

Black Herring:
"cos it makes us feel more in control."

No, because it makes them feel less in control.

7/25/2006 12:59 PM  
Blogger Lipman said...

"cos it makes us feel more in control."

No, because it makes them feel less in control.


Beg to differ. I still think it is because it makes them be less in control.

We're not talking about the professional soldiers of an unnamed North American army, who are desensitised with PC killer games and listen to hard rock in their tanks.

(I am worried about racism in Israel sometimes, but there we're talking a completely different level, and I use a higher standard there.)

7/27/2006 6:43 AM  
Blogger Balabusta in Blue Jeans said...

So, nu, what do Israelis listen to in tanks? Reggaeton?

7/28/2006 2:37 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Balabusta:

¡ojalá! i certainly hope so! ;-)

7/29/2006 2:00 PM  

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