interrogator

noun
in·ter·ro·ga·tor | \in-ˈter-ə-ˌgā-tər, -ˈte-rə-\

Definition of interrogator 

1 : one that interrogates

2 : a radio transmitter and receiver for sending out a signal that triggers a transponder and for receiving and displaying the reply

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Steven Kleinman, a longtime interrogator with lengthy experience during the first Gulf War, isn’t sure. Deb Riechmann, BostonGlobe.com, "Senators want CIA to lift veil on nominee’s black site past," 16 Mar. 2018 The scene was a county jail and the interrogators were inmates in prison garb — soft cotton scrubs, some blue, some brown, some orange, depending on the status of their cases. New York Times, "Inmates Question Prospective Prosecutors in Jailhouse Campaign Debate," 26 June 2018 Rodriguez and Haspel had argued internally that the videotapes showed the faces of the interrogators and if made public could open them up to reprisals. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "CIA director nominee Haspel and the destruction of interrogation tapes: Contradictions and questions," 11 May 2018 The media, once the main interrogator of status quos, has become the primary apologist for virtually every iteration of the bureaucracy’s products, such as the Iran deal. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "It’s Trump’s Iran Deal Now," 9 May 2018 In his postmatch news conference on Thursday, Sampaoli could barely raise his eyes to face his interrogators. Rory Smith, New York Times, "How Argentina Lost Its Way. (Spoiler: It’s Not Messi’s Fault.)," 22 June 2018 This is called the Scharff technique, named for its developer, Hanns Scharff, a German interrogator during World War II. Roni Jacobson, Scientific American, "How to Extract a Confession...Ethically," 1 May 2015 Defense attorneys want precise details and access to interrogators, guards and medical professionals who worked in the CIA's secret prisons to discredit some confessions as the fruit of torture. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "Lawyers: Scan suggests alleged 9/11 plotter suffered head injury in CIA custody | Miami Herald," 30 Apr. 2018 The suspects were subjected to mock executions and electric shock and beaten with telephone books as their interrogators flung racial epithets at them. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Judge orders release of accused Chicago cop killer while he awaits new trial," 22 June 2018

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1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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