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Let us say that you have been captured and threatened with torture. You are, for whatever reason, entirely willing to betray the information you hold. Your primary goal is to avoid pain, and perhaps you positively want to squeal. How should you present what you know? I see a few options:

1. Break down immediately, beg for mercy, humiliate yourself, and spill the beans. (If you talk right away, will they torture you anyway? And since no further good information can be offered why should they stop?)

2. Go in acting tough, really tough. At the first sign of serious pain, start crying and switch to strategy #1.

3. Wait until they apply their "best shot" torture, and then talk. They will feel they have done their job and stop.

4. First offer (or make up) compromising information to show your disloyalty to the cause your torturers are fighting. Your confession will then be more credible.

5. Say you don’t know anything, try to fight the torture, but break down when you can’t stand it any more. You can’t fool them, so the best you can do is to actually "go through the wringer." You are stuck in the pooling equilibrium, and trying to deviate only makes you worse off.

Which of these is the most credible signal that you have told all you know? Can you do any better than number five? And how does your best answer depend upon the hypothesized motives of the torturers? Is there anything you can say to the U.S. to avoid being sent out for rendition? I don’t see any simple answer here, the question is which behaviour your torturers will interpret as an unlikely tactic from a truly determined trickster.

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It depends on the psychology of the torturers. If you know what they expect, and deliver that behavior, they are likely to feel less stressed out. 

They still might kill you anyway, but that's life... (or death, as the case may be.)

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On 15/11/2018 at 13:38, dougless said:

Are you planning on signing up for Universal Credit?

😁

Can't really beat that on the humour front, so forced to think of a serious answer to this, dare I say, rather silly question:

First off, you might try some form of bribe (ie pseudo ransom) contingent on your wellbeing and release. Remember that there are next to no psychopathic idealists in the world, so this tactic should almost always work, provided the ransom is big enough. I don't have a clear idea how to do this, but watching 'Trust' will show you how not to do it. Perhaps carrying some vestiges of wealth on your person might convince them you are a 'person of substance' and persuade them a deal is worth their while. Maybe a Rolex or a couple of 'emergency' Kruggers would do the trick.

More flippantly:

Carry your own supply.

And equipment.

If you lack any kind of loyalty to stuff, you might consider travelling with a dog that you seem to dote upon. Start the interrogation with "I'll tell you anything, just don't hurt Fido!"

If you are as psychopathic as your tortures, you might also employ an elderly female guide and at first opportunity say "just let my Mother go will you!"

Best not to go belt and braces with these tactics in case they give you the pentothal and ask you if the old dear really is your mother. If you must go this route, make sure she indeed is. She'll probably understand in such circumstances, what with having lived most of her life  .... try some comforting words like "you've has a good innings" etc.

On the plus side Kosmin, should you ever find yourself in such a compromised situation, just bear in mind that, though you may disappear, you're not forgotten here:

 

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3 seems sensible but you’re probably in a boat load of trouble if someone is torturing you and you’ll not make it out.

In the good the bad and the ugly, the ugly doesn’t even bother torturing Blondie as he says he knows he would never speak and therefore never get what he wants because Blondie knew speaking would definitely get him killed.

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On 06/12/2018 at 01:01, cica said:

3 seems sensible but you’re probably in a boat load of trouble if someone is torturing you and you’ll not make it out.

In the good the bad and the ugly, the ugly doesn’t even bother torturing Blondie as he says he knows he would never speak and therefore never get what he wants because Blondie knew speaking would definitely get him killed.

Lucky for Blondie that whilst a psychopath Angel Eyes was also pragmatic.

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