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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These differences are more pronounced in persons from small families then in those who grew up in large families. If the screener has counterintellugence to put the potential source at ease, to feel his way along in each case, the source is unlikely to consider that a casual conversation about himself if dangerous.

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 Baltimore Sun reported that former Battalion member Jose Barrera said he was taught interrogation methods by U.

But at the outset of the interrogation, and perhaps for a long time afterwards, the person being interrohation is not greatly concerned with communicating his body of specialized information to his questioner; he is concerned with putting his best foot forward. The skilled interrogator can save a great deal of time by understanding the emotional needs of the interrogates.

Sometimes the injustice was meted out impersonally, by fate, as a physical deformity, an extremely painful illness or operation in childhood, or the early loss of one parent or both.

MDR for Full Text of July 1963 “KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation” Manual

For example, the [approx. His whole life seems devoted to reliving his feelings of guilt. Confrontation of two or more suspects with each other in order to produce recriminations or admissions is especially dangerous if not preceded by separate interrogation sessions which have evoked compliance from one of the interrogatees, mamual at least significant admissions involving both.


We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. The successful interrogator will isolate this area of unreliability.

MDR for Full Text of July “KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation” Manual • MuckRock

The capacity for resistance is diminished by disorientation. An interrogation is not merely a verbal interrogatioon it is a vocal performance, and the voice projects tension, fear, a dislike of certain topics, and other useful pieces of information. As a general rule, it is difficult to succeed in the CI interrogation of a resistant source unless the interrogating service can control the subject and his environment for interrogatin long as proves necessary.

Upon some subjects the shock of hearing their own voices unexpectedly is unnerving. Or they may have been “model” children who repressed all natural hostilities. His resistance is sapped, his urge to yield is fortified, until in the end he defeats himself.

Is there a torture manual?

As an interrogatee the kubsrk character is likely to lie readily to win approval. Are subsequent contacts necessary or desirable, and have recontact provisions been arranged?

Even if the file contains little or nothing but blank paper, the air of familiarity with which the interrogator refers to the subject’s background can convince some sources that all is known and that resistance is futile. Any confusion here, or any questioning based on the premise that the purpose will take shape after the interrogation is under way, is almost certain to lead to aimlessness and final failure.

Armed with these estimates and with whatever insights screening has provided into the personality of the source, the interrogator is ready to plan. That is, he should not be pleased, flattered, frustrated, goaded, or otherwise emotionally and personally affected by the interrogation.

These manuals recommend arresting suspects early in the morning by surprise, blindfolding them, and stripping them naked. Despite its declassification, there were many redactions throughout the text, and I ask for a mandatory declassification review of all redactions, and request a more complete version of the document be released.


At the following session with B, the interrogator selects some minor matter, not substantively damaging to Counterontelligence but nevertheless exaggerated, and says, “I’m not sure A was really fair to you here.

My preference would be a total release of the new document containing the results of the mandatory declassification review in its text. Pressure for participation will usually come [approx. The purpose of screening is to provide the interrogator, in advance, with a reading on the type and characteristics of the interrogatee.

But it is important to assuage the fear of denigration which afflicts many people when first interrogated by making it clear that the individuality of the interrogatee is recognized. The CI interrogator dealing with an uncooperative interrogatee who has been well-briefed by a hostile service on interrogatuon legal restrictions under which ODYOKE services operate must expect some effective delaying tactics.

A counterintelligence interrogation consists of four parts: If a new safehouse is to be used as the interrogation site, it should be studied carefully to be sure that the total environment can be manipulated as desired. Even though the cost in time and patience is sometimes high, the effort to make the subject feel that his questioner is a sympathetic figure should not be abandoned until all reasonable resources have been exhausted unless, of course, the interrogation does not merit much time.

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If the interrogatee is under detention, the interrogator can also manipulate his environment. Some recommendations are very specific. There is nothing mysterious about interrogation. Interrotation or Clinton administrations.

The questioner should not accept a blanket negative without probing. Skilled interrogators, for example, listen closely to voices and learn a great deal from them.

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan.