Jewish World Review Feb. 7, 2002 / 25 Shevat, 5762
The film, which has been put on the "condemned" list by many human rights groups, usually induces prisoners to talk after ten or twelve minutes.
"They usually crack during the scenes in which Mariah Carey plays herself as a teenager," said one source familiar with the CIA interrogations.
A spokesman for Amnesty International, the human rights group, blasted the CIA for using the excruciating film on captured al Qaeda fighters.
"If a nation condones the institutionalized use of Mariah Carey films during interrogations, it comes perilously close to condoning torture," the spokesman said.
In Washington, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld acknowledged that the CIA had been using "Glitter" on al Qaeda prisoners, but offered no apology for this controversial practice.
"There are things one does in times of war that one would not do in times of peace," Rumsfeld said. "Making people watch a movie with Mariah Carey in it is one of those things."
For her part, Ms. Carey could not be reached for comment about the CIA's use of
"Glitter," but released a statement indicating that she was happy that the film had finally
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