Soldier deploys toys and changes lives in Iraq.
Released on = October 27, 2005, 1:51 pm
Press Release Author = Gregory Witt
Industry = Media
Press Release Summary = An unconventional Army Interrogator is winning hearts and
minds in Iraq.
Press Release Body = “Magical…miraculous…life-changing.”
These aren’t terms most people associate with being an Army interrogator in Iraq.
But Paul Holton is no ordinary interrogator. And his tactics continue to win hearts
In the early days of the war, Holton was responsible for interrogating 17 Iraqi
generals in a prisoner of war camp. He used an unusual blend of compassion,
authority and trust with his prisoners.
“Kindness is never wasted. Even in a prisoner of war camp, kindness bridges a lot of
gaps,” say Holton, an Army National Guardsman with 35 years of service.
Holton was skilled at building strong relationships of confidence and trust. These
relationships enabled him to obtain valuable information on insurgent activity and
details of atrocities during the regime of Saddam Hussein.
Holton reveals many of his interrogation techniques and experiences in Saving
Babylon: The Heart of an Army Interrogator in Iraq, his newly-released book. Saving
Babylon is the first book to be published by an Iraq War interrogator.
Soon after the fall of Baghdad, Holton took up quarters in Saddam’s former palace
where he applied his winning approach to uncover arms dealers, combat corruption and
But his greatest victory came as he began collecting toys to deliver to Iraqi
children. Holton was soon frequenting hospitals, orphanages, and shelters to deliver
toys, medical supplies and other aid items. The result of those efforts was
Operation Give, a humanitarian organization that delivers supplies to children in
war-torn and devastated regions throughout the world (www.operationgive.org).
“My experience in Iraq was magical,” Holton said. “The Iraqis are wonderful people.
There is a special feeling in my heart for the Iraqi people.”
Web Site = http://www.saving babylon.com
Contact Details = Gregory Witt
3641 Little Rock Dr.
Provo, UT 84604
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