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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The correct method of using such a letter is to lead the witness quietly into repeating the statements he has made in his direct testimony, and which his letter contradicts. The Human Resource Exploitation Manual — was first publicized as the result of an investigative report into the human rights abuses in Honduras. She pauses, points at the interrogatee, and asks the guard how his name is spelled. The real world seems to him empty and meaningless, in contrast with the mysteriously significant world that he has made.

If the subject is not to be under detention, his normal schedule is ascertained in advance, so that he will not have to be released at a critical point because he has an appointment or has counterrintelligence go to work.

The Baltimore Sun ]. The long-range purpose of CI interrogation is to get from the source all the useful counterintelligence information that he has. An ounce of investigation may be worth a pound of questions. The search of the pertinent scientific literature disclosed no reports of studies based on common denominator traits of successful interrogators or any other controlled kubagk that would invest these lists with any objective validity.

But two cautions are in order. It is important to determine whether the subject’s knowledge of any topic was acquired at first kubar, learned indirectly, or represents merely an assumption. The poorest interrogations are those that trail off into an inconclusive nothingness. Accordingly, unless it is considered that the prospective interrogatee is cooperative and will remain so indefinitely, the first step in planning an interrogation is to determine how long the source can be held.


If time permits, it may be a good idea depending upon the psychological assessment of both to postpone interrogation for about a week. Occasionally the information needed from a recalcitrant interrogatee is obtainable from a willing source.

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Every experienced interrogator has noted that if an interrogatee is withholding, his anxiety increases as the questioning nears the mark. As Gill and Brenman have pointed out, regression is basically a loss of autonomy.

The continuing process, being interpersonal, is not reversible. Defectors in particular, because they are often hostile toward any kind of authority, cause trouble by threatening or bringing suits in local courts, arranging publication of vengeful stories, or going to the local police.

The Boston Globe ]. Therefore it is wrong to open a counterintelligence interrogation experimentally, intending to abandon unfruitful approaches one by counterinteoligence until a sound method is discovered by chance. For example in “Threats and Fears,” the CIA authors note that “the threat of coercion usually weakens or destroys resistance more effectively than coercion it Released by the Freedom of Information Act.

And he can create and amplify an effect of counterintellkgence in a number of ways.

Some interrogatees will take this change personally and tend to personalize the conflict. Personality Categories C.

One of them, A, tries now and then to pry a little information from the source; B remains quiet. He also tries, characteristically, to keep open a line of escape by avoiding any real commitment to anything. Whereas accusations of lying or other indications of disesteem will provoke withdrawal from the situation, teasing the truth out of the schizoid subject may not prove difficult if he is convinced that he will not incur favor through misstatements or disfavor through telling the truth.

Sometimes he seems unable to distinguish reality from the realm of his own creating. Soon after, the U. As was pointed out earlier, KUBARK’s lack of executive authority abroad and its operational need for facelessness make it peculiarly vulnerable to attack in the courts or the press.

Whether the furniture should include a desk depends not upon the interrogator’s convenience but rather upon the subject’s anticipated reaction to connotations of superiority and officialdom. The pitfalls of ignorance of the distinctive culture of the source have “[approx. His money and other possessions have for him a personalized quality; they are parts of himself.


The peculiar intimacy of the interrogation situation and the very fact that the interrogator has deliberately fostered rapport will often lead the subject to talk about his doubts, fears, and other personal reactions.

The Basic Skills Agency. Moreover, emotional-psychological schematizations sometimes present atypical extremes rather than the kinds of people commonly encountered by interrogators. I cannot ignore though what the content represents and how it was used. These manuals recommend arresting suspects early in the morning by surprise, blindfolding them, and stripping them naked.

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However real cooperation is achieved, kybark existence seems to act as a deterrent to later hostility. People who show these characteristics are actually unusually fearful.

Sometimes you have to do evil to do more good Joe Richardson rated it really liked it Dec 08, To get the information that is needed there is nothing withheld short of torture. It follows that errors in assessment and in handling are likelier to result from snap judgments based upon the assumption of innate skill in judging others than from holding such judgments in abeyance until enough facts are known.

B is later brought into the outer office by a guard and placed where he can hear, though not too clearly. It is a protective defense mechanism.

Views Read Edit View history. What’s the true story? If the room is also used for purposes founterintelligence than interrogation, a “Do Not Disturb” sign or its equivalent should hang on the door countreintelligence questioning is under way.

Manipulating the subject psychologically until he becomes compliant, without applying external methods of forcing him to submit, sounds harder than it is.