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. This manual cannot teach anyone how to be, or become, a good Its purpose is to provide guidelines for KUBARK interrogation, and. “An environment still more subject to control, such as water-tank or iron lung, is even more effective,” the KUBARK manual concludes.

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If the interrogator is unaware of this unconcsious process, the result can be a confused battle of submerged attitudes, in which the spoken words are often merely a cover for the unrelated struggle being waged at lower levels of both personalities.

The long-range purpose of CI interrogation is to get from the source all the useful counterintelligence information that he has. This is not to say that egotistic types should be allowed to bask at length in the warmth of individual recognition. An estimate of whether the interrogatee will be cooperative or recalcitrant is essential to planning because very different methods are used in dealing with these two types.

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 to go to work. Planning the CI interrogation of a resistant source requires an understanding whether formalized or not of the dynamics of confession.

A Vietnamese maniais threatens a suspected Viet Cong soldier with a bayonet during an interrogation in The Baltimore Sun was investigating “kidnapping, torture and murder” committed by the Manuis Battalion death squad. He has stated the fact, there is nothing to qualify. But at the outset of the interrogation, and perhaps for a long time afterwards, the person being questioned is not greatly concerned with communicating his body of specialized information to his questioner; he is concerned with putting his best foot forward.

Is there a torture manual?

In this small world of two inhabitants a clash of personalities — as distinct from a conflict of purposes — assumes exaggerated force, like a tornado in a wind-tunnel. Such a person has usually had a great deal of over-indulgence in early life. The best defense against such attacks is prevention, through enlistment or enforcement of compliance.

He recognizes kubari some of the denouncers may have been biased or malicious. The second is that even if they prove accurate for large groups, the data are like amnuais in actuarial tables; they have no specific predictive value for individuals. The number of interrogators used for a single interrogation case varies from one man to a large team.


The plan for the interrogation lubark a traveller differs from that for other types because the time available for questioning is often brief. The interrogator should reserve his fire-power until he knows what he is up against. As Gill and Brenman have pointed out, regression is basically a loss of autonomy.

The complexities of dealing with conscience-ridden interrogatees vary so widely from case to case manuqis it is almost impossible to list sound general principles.

It is also helpful to install a small blinker bulb behind the subject or to arrange some other method of signalling the interrogator, without the source’s knowledge, that the questioner should leave the room for consultation or that someone else is about to enter. His money and other possessions have for him a personalized quality; they are parts of himself. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

The end of an interrogation is not the end of the interrogator’s responsibilities. Some interrogatees will take this change personally and tend to personalize the conflict. Pressure tactics or hostility will make them retreat inside themselves, whereas reassurance will bring them out.

All non-Communist services are bothered at times by disgruntled exinterrogatees who press demands and threaten or take hostile action if the demands are not satisfied.

An interrogatee who is withholding items of no grave consequence to himself may sometimes be persuaded to talk by the simple tactic of pointing out that to date all of the information about his case has come from persons other than himself. He januais feel like dealing more and more abruptly with reminiscences or digressions. Heightened Suggestibility and Hypnosis J. The manuals in question have been referred to by various media sources as the “torture manuals”.

Find more books at transcend. An interrogation is not merely a verbal performance; it is a vocal performance, and the voice projects tension, fear, a dislike of certain kubarkk, and other useful pieces of information.


If the interrogatee is believed cooperative, then from the beginning to the end of the process he should feel that the interrogator’s interest in him has remained constant. The circulation of the blood to the lower leg manuai partially cut off, thereby causing a slight lift or movement of the free amnuais with each heart beat. Retrieved from ” https: Real difficulties are more frequently created by interrogatees who have succeeded in withholding.

The Detailed Questioning 4.

U.S. Army and CIA interrogation manuals

The safer the topic, the more voluble the source. His primary interest, from the beginning, may be the acquisition of information about the interrogator and his service.


InCaballero attended a CIA “human resources exploitation or interrogation course,” according to declassified testimony by Richard Stolzwho was the deputy director for operations at the time, before the June Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

His interest has shifted from the interrogatee ukbark, who jut a while ago was an interesting person, to the atsk of getting at what he knows. Every interrogation is shaped definitively by kkubark personality lubark the source – and of the interrogator, because interrogation is an intensely interpersonal process. At the same time the schizoid character needs external approval. Until the source dies or tells us everything that he knows that is pertinent to our purposes, his interrogation may be interrupted, perhaps for years — but it has not been completed.

It suffices for the present purpose to list the following principles:.

It usually happens that the source has a relatively large body of information that has little or no intelligence value and only a small collection of nuggets.

In dealing with this type — and to a considerable extent in dealing with any of the types herein listed — the interrogator must be aware of the limits and pitfalls of rational persuasion. The act of recording the stray item or thought on paper fixes it in the interrogatee’s mind. It consists of no more than obtaining needed information through responses to questions.

If he considers himself wronged, he does not seek redress through his own efforts but tries to persuade another to take up the cudgels in his behalf — “let’s you and him fight. As children such people may have been frequently scolded or punished.

Such an agent may feel confident enough not to be gravely concerned about himself. The confession contains the salient facts, but they are distorted; the confession shows that A is attempting to throw the entire responsibility upon B. Most persons have areas of guilt in their emotional topographies, and an interrogator can majuais chart these areas just by noting refusals to follow certain lines kubaro questioning. Most of the intelligence terminology employed here which may once have been ambiguous has been clarified through usage or through KUBARK instructions.

The desire for approval provides the interrogator with a handle.