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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He may be generous to a fault, giving to others as he wants to be given to. He may have a strong need to suffer and may seek danger or injury.

He will tell the interrogator mauais he thinks the interrogator wants to hear in order to win the award of seeing a smile on the interrogator’s face. Handwritten changes were also introduced haphazardly into the text. Would you care to tell me your side of the story? Usually the odds still favor the interrogator, but they are sharply cut by the training, experience, patience and toughness of the interrogatee. Two dangers are especially likely to appear during the reconnaissance.

One often mnauais the most manuuais documentary evidence, in the forms of letters or affidavits, fall absolutely flat as betrayers of falsehood, merely because of the unskillful way in which they are handled. Such opening remarks by subjects as, “I know what you so-and-so’s are after, and I can tell you right now that you’re not going to get it from me” are best handled by an unperturbed “Why don’t you tell me what has made you angry?

If it is then established kubar, strongly suspected that the agent belongs to one of the following categories, further investigation and, eventually, interrogation usually follow. It is helpful if B can recognize A’s signature, but manuaks essential.

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During the opening phase the interrogator has gone along with this protective mechanism. When the claim is ignored or denied, the exceptions become rebellious, as adolescents often do.

Wikisource has original text related to this article: Learn how your comment data is processed. All documents that have a bearing on the planned interrogation merit study. The interrogator should remember that he and the interrogatee are often working at cross-purposes not because the interrogates is malevolently withholding or misleading but simply because what he wants front the situation is not kubari the interrogator wants.

This principle also affects the decision to employ coercive techniques and governs the choice of these methods. The aim is to enhance this jubark, to disrupt radically the familiar emotional and psychological associations of manuuais subject. Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas.


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.

If possible, audio equipment should also be used to transmit the proceedings to another room, used as a listening post. So, too, are using hypnosis and drugs to extract information. The manual advises an interrogator to “manipulate the subject’s environment, to create unpleasant or intolerable situations. If the interrogator is quite certain of the facts in the case but cannot secure an admission from either A or B, a written confession may be prepared and A’s signature may be reproduced on it.

As regression proceeds, almost all resisters feel the growing internal stress that results from wanting simultaneously to conceal and to divulge. On the other hand, the interrogator must not accede to demands which cannot or should not be met. The Globalization of U. He has merely learned how to proceed indirectly if necessary. As was pointed out earlier, KUBARK’s lack of executive authority abroad kanuais its operational need for facelessness make it peculiarly vulnerable to manuals in the courts or the press.

We aim to maintain an inviting space to focus on intelligent interactions and debates. I know I will not be tortured and that under the procedures of western law I can conduct myself boldly.

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Gross lies about deeds of daring, sexual prowess, or other “proofs” of courage and manliness are mabuais met with silence or with friendly but noncommittal replies unless they consume an inordinate amount of time. Its purpose is to provide guidelines for KUBARK interrogation, and particularly the counterintelligence interrogation of resistant sources.

General Remarks B. His interest has shifted from the interrogatee himself, who jut a while ago was an interesting kjbark, to the atsk of getting at what he knows. Clothes may also be taken simply to alienate the detainee and make him or her less comfortable.

Other reasons for changing interrogators should be anticipated and avoided at the outset. Despite all planning efforts to select an interrogator whose age, background, skills, personality, and experience make him the best choice for the job, it sometimes happens that both questioner and subject feel, when they first meet, an immediate attraction or antipathy which is so strong that a change of interrogators quickly becomes essential. The following questions, if asked, should be posed as soon as possible after the initial contact, while the walk-in is still under stress and before he has adjusted to a routine.

He also tries, characteristically, to keep open a line of escape by avoiding any real commitment to anything. Less well known is the trick jubark planting two informants in the cell. Preliminary assessment of motivation including political orientationreliability, and capability as observer and reporter. As soon as the second door is closed again manuaiw A is out of earshot, the interrogator resumes his questioning.


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In some interrogatees the ego-demands, the need to save face, are so intertwined with lubark of the cover story that calling the man a liar will merely intensify resistance. It is a protective defense mechanism. The whole purpose of screening and a major purpose of the first stage of the interrogation is to probe the strengths and weaknesses of the subject.

The preliminary psychological analysis of the subject makes it easier to decide whether he is likely to resist and, if so, whether his kugark will be the product of fear that his personal interests will be damaged or the result of the non-cooperative nature of orderly-obstinate and related types. Any interrogatee has his ups and downs, times when he is tired or half-ill, times when his personal problems have left his nerves frayed.

Experiencing relief and exhilaration, the subject will usually find it impossible not to respond to innocuous comments on the weather and the flowers. That is, he should not be pleased, flattered, frustrated, goaded, or otherwise emotionally and personally affected by the interrogation.

If time permits, it may be a good idea depending upon the psychological assessment of both to postpone interrogation for about a week.

Allowing an interrogatee to receive carefully selected letters from home can contribute to effects desired by the interrogator.

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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. With all of these reservations, then, and with the further observation that those who find these psychological-emotional categories pragmatically valuable should use them and those who do not should let them alone, the following nine types are described.

For example, a source who refuses to talk at all can be placed in unpleasant solitary confinement for a time. Time spent, after the interrogation ends, in fortifying the source’s sense of acceptance in the interrogator’s world may be only a fraction of the time required to bottle up his attempts to gain revenge.