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Terrorism Analyst on Fox - US Ships Terrorists To Other Countries For Torture

Reported by Donna - July 27, 2005

While watching Studio B with Shepard Smith today, he spoke with Terrorisim Analyst, Eric Margolis, regarding the capture of one of the 7/21 London bombing suspects.

However, Fox may have got more than it bargained for when Shepard Smith asked the question, "Is it possible now to get information out of this guy, given the rules and regulations over there, and where do you begin?" (Comment: Why is the question framed like this, like no other country is capable of interrogation techniques except the U.S.?)

Margolis responded, "It is possible. The British will not ship them to other countries to be tortured as apparently, the U.S. has done." (Comment: He said it so matter of factly, I was taken by surprise)

Margolis went on to say that the British have very well refined interrogation techniques from dealing with the IRA over the years.

Comment: Maybe I'm being overly sensitive, but with the continual bashing that Fox has done on France, Canada, Aruba and yes, even our ally, Britain (remember Jonathon Hunt saying the investigation was going slow only 5 days into the first investigation?) I can't help feeling that Smith was hoping that we would hear, again, that another country couldn't possibly interrogate a suspect as well as the U.S. could.

However, I do feel that Smith was a little bit taken aback when Margolis said that, "The British will not ship them to other countries to be tortured as apparently, the U.S. has done."

So, the British do draw some lines when it comes to interrogation -- they won't send suspects to other countries to be tortured. Could be, there's some honor to that.

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