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Former FBI agent: ticking bomb scenario is a ‘red herring.’

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Jack Cloonan, who spent 25 years as an FBI special agent and interrogated members of al Qaeda, recently told Foreign Policy that he has “been hard pressed to find a situation where anybody” can say “that they’ve ever encountered the ticking bomb scenario” when interrogating terrorists. He said it is a “red herring” and “[i]n the real world it doesn’t happen.” Cloonan added that the Israelis, “who have been doing this for a long time,” have “never had a situation where it is quote ‘a ticking bomb.'” Watch it:

Cloonan was one of the experts interviewed for the Oscar-winning documentary Taxi To The Dark Side.