FBI sponsors Swedish interrogation methods research: report

STOCKHOLM, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- The FBI is sponsoring a project at the University of Gothemburg, where researchers are developing interrogation methods aimed at preventing terror attacks, local media reported on Monday.

The project is based at the university's department of psychology and has received 5 million SEK (60 million U.S. dollars) from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI. However, some have questioned whether the FBI is a suitable sponsor.

"We made sure that we would be allowed to publish all material produced and that we would propose what to do rather than having the FBI tell us what kind of research to conduct," professor Par Anders Granhag told Swedish Television.

Granhag also insisted that the research adheres to ethical guidelines and that the FBI should not be confused with the CIA, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, which has been criticized for using torture as part of its interrogation of terror suspects.

The University of Gothenburg research project centers on finetuning interrogation methods to help determine whether a person is lying or telling the truth. (1 U.S. dollar = 8.31 SEK)

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