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20 Regent U. L. Rev. 337 (2007-2008)
Truth Be Told: Truth Serum and Its Role in the War on Terror

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THE WAR ON TERROR
INTRODUCTION
It is a terrifying scenario: a terrorist group has acquired numerous
canisters of deadly poison gas and has threatened to unleash these
weapons of mass destruction upon American civilians. A valiant counter
terrorism agent has apprehended an individual who possesses valuable
information that could thwart the impending attack, but the individual
is immune to traditional methods of information extraction. To
facilitate a more effective interrogation, the counter terrorist agent
transports the subject to agency headquarters and injects him with a
chemical compound, which inhibits the subject's psychological defenses
and makes him more responsive to questioning. Fortunately, this
scenario is the product of popular Hollywood fiction, and not a
description of a real-life occurrence.1
The events of September 11th fundamentally altered America's
awareness concerning the threat of devastating terrorist attacks. The al-
Qaeda terrorists who perpetrated the September 11th attacks used
commercial airliners as weapons,2 but the specter of an attack employing
radiological, chemical, or biological weapons looms over American cities.3
Furthermore, the likelihood that a nuclear, chemical, or biological attack
will occur has increased due to the emergence of Iran and North Korea
as nations that are currently producing, or could have the potential to
produce, nuclear weapons.4 The level of insecurity and anxiety is only
1  24: Day 5: 5pm-6pm (FOX television broadcast Mar. 6, 2006).
2  THE 9/11 COMM'N REPORT: FINAL REPORT OF THE NATL COMM'N ON TERRORIST
ATTACKS UPON THE U.S. 1-14 (authorized ed. 2004) (describing how nineteen al-Qaeda
terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners, carried out attacks against the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon, and crashed Flight 93 in Pennsylvania).
3  Goss Warns of Terror Threat to U.S., CNN.cOM, Feb. 17, 2005, httpJ/www.cnn.
com/2005/ALLPOLITICS/02/16/intefligencethreats/index.html?iref=newsearch  (quoting
CIA Director Porter Goss that it may be only a matter of time before al-Qaeda or other
groups attempt to use chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear weapons); Terror
Attack 'A Matter of Time,' BBC.cO.UI, June 17, 2003, http'//news.bbc.co.uk/l/hi/uk/2997146
.stm (reporting that intelligence sources suggest it is only a matter of time before a
terrorist group unleashes a chemical, biological, or radiological attack against a Western
city).
4  See Graham Allison, Editorial, Deterring Kim Jong II, WASH. POST, Oct. 27, 2006,
at A23 (examining what course of action the U.S. would take if North Korea or Iran sold
nuclear weapons to terrorist groups); Michael Barone, Uneasy for a Reason, U.S. NEWS &
WORLD REP., Oct. 30, 2006, at 46 (arguing that Iran and North Korea have the potential to
manufacture weapons of mass destruction and are both state sponsors of terrorism).

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