Interrogation, intelligence and security

Controversial British Techniques

By Samantha Newbery

Interrogation, intelligence and security


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9148-3
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: May 2015
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Espionage & secret services, Politics, Espionage & secret services, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intelligence & Espionage, Security Services


Interrogation, Intelligence and Security examines the origins and effects of a group of interrogation techniques known as the 'five techniques'.

Through its in-depth analysis the book reveals how British forces came to use these controversial methods. Focusing on the British colony of Aden (1963-67), the height of 'the troubles' in Northern Ireland (1971), and the conflict in Iraq (2003), the book explores the use of hooding to restrict vision, white noise, stress positions, limited sleep and a limited diet. There are clear parallels between these three case studies and the use of controversial interrogation techniques today. Readers will be able to make informed judgements about whether, on the basis of the results of these cases, interrogation techniques that might be described as torture can be justified.

This book will be of particular interest to security professionals, academics and members of the public interested in the torture debate, intelligence, the military, counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism, foreign policy and law enforcement.


1. The 'five techniques' of interrogation and the Aden Emergency, 1963-67
2. Aden: Results and reactions
3. 'The troubles', policy-making and interrogation, 1969-71
4. The Government's response: Banning the 'five techniques'
5. The 'five techniques', intelligence and security in Northern Ireland
6. Basra, Iraq, September 2003
7. The impact of the reoccurrence of the 'five techniques'


Samantha Newbery is Lecturer in Contemporary Intelligence Studies at the University of Salford

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