This manual, the infamous KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation, dated July , is the source of much of the material in the second manual. KUBARK. Essential Guide to Interrogation and Torture: CIA KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation Manual, Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual, Art and. KUBARK Manual: A User’s Guide to Torture? – The KUBARK manual was written by the CIA in the s as a means of standardizing interrogation techniques.

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However, the non-coercive interrogation is not conducted without pressure. In accordance with title 17 U. For this reason a major purpose of this study is to focus relevant scientific findings upon CI interrogation.

CIA interrogations chief was involved in Latin Intsrrogation torture camps”. For example, he can show the interrogatee a thick file bearing his own name.

KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation

As one expert has said, “Anyone who proceeds without consideration for the disjunctive power of anxiety in human relationships will never learn interviewing. No interrogator should be reluctant to notify his superior when emotional interrigation becomes evident.

His facial expression should not reveal special interest in any one statement; he should just seem sympathetic and understanding.

This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. This kind of person has a strong cruel, unrealistic conscience.

Every interrogator knows that a real understanding of the individual is worth far more than a thorough knowledge of this or that pigeon-hole to which he has been consigned. There is another advantage in letting the subject talk freely and even ramblingly in the first stage of interrogation. Whenever a ihterrogation is talking about a subject of consequence to himself, he goes through a process of advance self-monitoring, performed at lightning counterinteoligence. The techniques used in nullifying resistance, inducing compliance, and eventually eliciting voluntary cooperation are discussed in Part VIII of this handbook.


It is important to understand that interrogation, as both situation and process, does of itself exert significant external pressure upon the interrogatee as long as he is not permitted to accustom himself to it. The interrogation situation is intensely inter-personal; it is therefore all the inetrrogation necessary to strike a counter-balance by an attitude which the subject clearly recognizes as essentially fair and objective. It is the business of the interrogator to provide the right rationalization at the right time.

Another effect frequently produced by non-coercive as well as coercive methods is the evocation intterrogation the interrogatee of feelings of guilt.

At any rate, the purpose of the reconnaissance is to provide a quick testing of the assumption and, more importantly, to probe the causes, extent, and intensity of resistance. Suspicion against a single cellmate may sometimes be broken down if he shows the source a hidden microphone that he has “found” and suggests that they talk only in whispers at the other end of the room.

If the screener has learned interrofation put the potential source at ease, to feel counteritnelligence way along in each case, the source is unlikely to consider that a casual conversation about himself if dangerous. At the following counterintelligfnce with B, the interrogator selects some minor matter, not substantively damaging to B but nevertheless exaggerated, and says, “I’m not sure A was really fair to you here.

U.S. Army and CIA interrogation manuals – Wikipedia

If he is a fabricator or hostile agent, has he been photographed and fingerprinted? This becomes more pronounced and observable as the pulse rate increases. I know I will not be tortured and that under the procedures of western law I can conduct myself boldly. The success of good interrogators depends in large measure upon their use, conscious or not, of these principles and of processes and techniques deriving from them.


It is useful to recognize in advance whether the information desired would be threatening or damaging in any way to the interests of the interrogates.

U.S. Army and CIA interrogation manuals

Or they may have been “model” children who repressed all natural hostilities. The quick release of the new material is a signal lesson in the value of using, when appropriate, the MDR request. A distinction should be drawn as soon as possible between sources who will be sent to [approx. The approach of the psychologists is customarily manipulative; that is, they suggest methods of imposing controls or alterations upon the interrogatee from the outside.

An overstuffed chair for the use of the interrogatee is sometimes preferable to a straight-backed, wooden chair because if he is made to stand for a lengthy period or is otherwise deprived of physical comfort, the contrast is intensified and increased disorientation results.

But as the questions make him increasingly uncomfortable, the interrogatee becomes less communicative or perhaps even hostile. On the other hand, the interrogator must not accede to demands which cannot or should not be met.

While the excerpts released by the Pentagon are a useful and not misleading selection of the most egregious passages, the ones most clearly advocating torture, execution and blackmail, they do not provide adequate insight into the manuals’ highly objectionable framework.