The Ethics of Interrogation:
Professional Responsibility in an Age of Terror
by Paul Lauritzen
Georgetown, 208 pages, $26.95

During the thousands of years that human beings have made war on one another, many have struggled to devise standards to limit how far combatants may go to vanquish their enemies. Certain kinds of weapons”poison gas, dum-dum bullets, biological agents”have been forsworn by most states. Most have voluntarily adopted codes of conduct that require combatants to wear uniforms and carry their arms openly so that their combatant status is apparent, not to target civilians, and to follow an accepted chain of command so that superiors can be held accountable for failure to ensure acceptable behavior.

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