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HOW TO HOUND FOX.

Byline: Kevin Maguire

LIAM Fox defends short sharp shock interrogations by the armed forces.

After the death of Iraqi hotel worker Baha Mousa he refused to outlaw squaddies intimidating suspects by yelling threats VERY LOUDLY to secure confessions.

"The recommendation is that we institute a blanket ban during tactical questioning on the use of certain verbal and non-physical techniques referred to in the report as 'the harsh approach'," Fox told MPs last month. "I am afraid I cannot accept."

Now, I'm a lily-livered liberal and don't like shouting unless watching Sunderland or the kids interrupt Coronation Street.

But does Fox need a dose of his own medicine? I don't mean water boarding, which I hope even the Defence Secretary is against.

A couple of sergeant majors, however, left alone with the Defence Secretary in an MoD basement might get to the truth faster than mandarin Gus O'Donnell.

If it helps Fox to talk, he can always invite along best man Adam Werritty.

Defence consultant Airmiles Adam knows where the MoD is.

Some staff thought Werritty was the real Defence Secretary.

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Title Annotation:Editorial; Opinion, Columns
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 12, 2011
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