Interrogation Methods and Terror Networks

Mariagiovanna Baccara, Heski Bar-Isaac
2008 Social Science Research Network  
We examine how the structure of terror networks varies with legal limits on interrogation and the ability of authorities to extract information from detainees. We assume that terrorist networks are designed to respond optimally to a trade-off caused by information exchange: Diffusing information widely leads to greater internal efficiency, but it leaves the organization more vulnerable to law enforcement. The extent of this vulnerability depends on the law enforcement authority's resources,
more » ... ty's resources, strategy and interrogation methods. Recognizing that the structure of a terrorist network responds to the policies of law enforcement authorities allows us to begin to explore the most effective policies from the authorities' point of view. and 1 A similar debate took place, for example, at the beginning of the 1900s, during the engagement of the U.S. against the Spanish colony in the Philippines. The media reported cruelties against Filipino prisoners to gather information on the counter-insurgency (see "The Water Cure" by P. Kramer, The New Yorker, 2/25/2008).
doi:10.2139/ssrn.1120975 fatcat:p77n7qlx5bhijbqkkp4xmpk3z4