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Talking To Terrorists: One Interrogator's Story

Matthew Alexander (a pseudonym) led the interrogation team that gathered the intelligence necessary to capture terrorist al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Alexander has co-authored a book, How to Break a Terrorist, in which he explains that it was his team's subtle techniques — not torture or intimidation — that made them so successful.

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