Judgement and Decision-Making in the Controversial Dr Haneef Counter-Terrorism Operation: A Simulation Approach

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Title Judgement and Decision-Making in the Controversial Dr Haneef Counter-Terrorism Operation: A Simulation Approach
Author Vogel, Lauren Katherina; Kebbell, Mark Rhys
Journal Name Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract An experimental-simulation approach was utilised in order to examine decisions made by investigators in the controversial Australian counter-terrorism operation concerning Dr Mohamed Haneef. The police were criticised by the media and contemporary commentators in regards to their handling of this operation due to the perception that they had made poor decisions and thus demonstrated bias against an innocent individual. To determine the quality of these critical investigative decisions, 81 participants were presented with a simulated counter-terrorism vignette based on a de-identified version of the Haneef case. Participants were required to make judgements concerning whether a suspect, whose cousin was the instigator of a terrorist attack, was involved in and/or aware of this attack. The vignette was manipulated so that guilt-suggestive information was presented either early or late and so that the suspect was either cooperative or uncooperative throughout an interview with a police officer. This was in order to model the influence of confirmation bias and co-operation, respectively. Overall, participants judged the fictional terrorist suspect to be reasonably guilty of supplying material support to a terrorist organisation, of having prior knowledge of the terrorist organisation, and of having a medium level of risk of potential future involvement in terrorism. Participants judged the suspect to be slightly but significantly lower on these criteria if he was cooperative throughout the police interview.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13218719.2010.543401
Volume 18
Issue Number 4
Page from 612
Page to 625
ISSN 1934-1687
Date Accessioned 2011-07-29
Language en_US
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Forensic Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41384
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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