This manual, the infamous KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation, dated July , is the source of much of the material in the second manual. KUBARK. Its purpose is to provide guidelines for KUBARK interrogation, and particularly the counterintelligence interrogation of resistant sources. This page report, classified Secret, was drafted in July as a comprehensive guide for training interrogators in the art of obtaining.

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He may feel like dealing more and more abruptly with reminiscences or digressions.

Such facts as are available suggest that the latter have a slight advantage. He has stated the fact, there is nothing to qualify.

The choice of methods to be used in overcoming resistance is also determined by the characteristics of the interrogatee. It is usually a poor practice to hand to even the most cooperative interrogatee an orderly list of questions and ask him to write the answers.

Moreover, his reactions to the world around him are more dependent upon events in that world and less the product of rigid, subjective patterns than is true of the other types discussed.

Therefore they claim as their right privileges not permitted others. Joe Richardson rated it really liked it Dec 08, Because no two interrogations are alike, the interrogation cannot realistically be planned from A to Z, in all its particulars, at the outset.

These include the release of the Aug. All documents that have a bearing on the planned interrogation merit study.

Other definitions have been included despite a common agreement about meaning if the significance is shaded by the context. He is frequently a daredevil who compensates for his anxiety by pretending that there is no such thing as danger. Therefore it is wrong to open a counterintelligence interrogation experimentally, intending to abandon unfruitful approaches one by one until a sound method is discovered by chance. The end of an interrogation should be planned before questioning starts.


After about an hour the interrogator who has been questioning the interrogatee in past sessions opens the door and asks the stenographer to come in, with steno pad and pencils. The continuing process, being interpersonal, is not reversible.

If operational use is now contemplated, conversion is imperative. This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

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That world is replaced by the interrogation room, its two occupants, and the dynamic relationship between them. These manuals were prepared by the U. It follows that determining the subject’s “ordinal position” before questioning begins may be useful intefrogation the interrogator. Though it is not the only U.

Is there a torture manual? The intelligence category to which the subject belongs, though not determinant for planning purposes, is still of some significance. Or the witnesses’ remarks about the known spy, edited as necessary, can be so ciunterintelligence back that the interrogatee is persuaded that he is the subject of the remarks.

He feels that he suffered a gross injustice, usually early in life, and should be repaid. Designed as an aid for interrogators and others immediately concerned, it is based largely upon the published results of extensive research, including scientific inquiries conducted by specialists in closely related subjects.

A repetition of this catalogue would serve no purpose here, especially because almost all of khbark characteristics mentioned are also desirable in case officers, agents, policemen, kybark, lumberjacks, and everybody else.

U.S. Army and CIA interrogation manuals

Therefore the interrogator must not become hostile if confronted with initial hostility, or in any other way confirm such negative attitudes as he may encounter at the outset. Extreme resisters, however, share the response characteristics of collaborators; they differ in the nature and intensity of motivation rather than emotions.


As is true of all craftsmen, some interrogators are more able than others; and some of their superiority may be innate. He has merely learned how to proceed indirectly if necessary. No trivia or quizzes yet. If on the other hand the interrogator establishes rapport, the subject may withhold because of other reasons, but his resistance often lacks the bitter, last-ditch intensity that results if the contest becomes personalized. The threat to inflict pain, for example, can trigger fears more damaging than the immediate sensation of pain.

Agents, for example, are accustomed to being questioned repeatedly and professionally. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.

Although it is often necessary to trick people into telling what we need to know, especially in CI interrogations, the initial question which the interrogator asks of himself should be, “How can I make him want to tell me what he knows?

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One of these, planting an informant as the source’s cellmate, is so well-known, especially in Communist countries, that its usefulness is impaired if not destroyed. It used electrical currents to inflict pain [source: It is not claimed that the classification system presented here is complete; some interrogatees will not fit into any one of the groupings. George rated it liked it Mar 27,