Today’s transcript is an excerpt from director Edward Zwick’s 1998 The Siege film. In this scene, FBI Special Agent in Charge Anthony Hubbard is escorted by Major General William Devereaux into a tiled shower room located within a football field stadium whose playing field has been converted into a concentration camp filled with men of Arabic/Middle-Eastern/Persian ancestry ever since martial law was declared in Brooklyn; upon entering the shower room, Agent Hubbard sees his terrorism suspect, Tariq Husseini, strapped down naked in a folding metal chair being interrogated by CIA agent Sharon Bridger. Any mistakes in transcription are solely that of this humble blogger.
William Devereaux: How long have you been at it?
Sharon Bridger: Not long enough, apparently.
Devereaux: How much longer, do you think, before he gives up the other cells?
Anthony Hubbard: He can’t give up the other cells if he doesn’t know where they are.
Devereaux: He knows.
Hubbard: No, he doesn’t – you said it yourself, Sharon, didn’t you? At the strategy meeting (the briefing), that one cell doesn’t know where the other one is, right?
Devereaux: How long before he breaks, Sharon?
Bridger: Well, at this rate, too long. The theater was hit 9 hours after we took down the first cell.
Devereaux: So, what other models do we have? Shaking? What about it, Sharon?
Bridger: Won’t work.
Devereaux: Works for the Israelis.
Bridger: Only in conjunction with sleep deprivation. It takes at least 36 hours.
Devereaux: We don’t have 36 hours. Electric shock?
Bridger: The neurotransmitters just shut down.
Colonel Hardwick: Palestinian authorities produce good intel with water. Of course, there’s cutting. It’s extremely messy. Continue reading