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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Retrieved November 7, As detailed interrogation continues, and especially at the half-way mark, the interrogator’s desire to complete the task may cause him to be increasingly business-like or even brusque. The intelligence service which is able to bring pertinent, modern knowledge to bear upon its problems enjoys huge advantages over a service which conducts its clandestine business in eighteenth century fashion. The definitions, legal considerations, and discussions of interrogators and sources, as well as Section VI on screening and other preliminaries, are relevant to all kinds of interrogations.

At the first meeting with the interrogatee it is usually a good kunark for the interrogator to spend some time in the same kind of quiet, friendly exchange that characterized the screening interview.

Some time is normally spent on matters of little or no intelligence kuvark for purposes of concealment. manuaks

Is there a torture manual?

The Washington Post ]. Gross lies about deeds of daring, sexual prowess, or other “proofs” of courage and manliness are best met with silence or with friendly but noncommittal replies unless they consume an inordinate amount of time. His facial expression should not reveal special interest in any one statement; he should just seem sympathetic ,ubark understanding.

In contrast to their earlier demeanor, they are now relaxed and smiling. 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. Designed as an aid for interrogators and others immediately concerned, it is based largely upon the published results of extensive research, including scientific inquiries conducted by specialists in closely related subjects.


This study is by no means confined to a resume and interpretation of psychological findings. General Remarks B. The interrogation of a resistant source who is a staff ,ubark agent member of an Orbit intelligence or security service or of a clandestine Mauais organization is one of the most exacting of professional tasks. In the other major respects – intensity of anxiety and emotional need to affiliate – no significant differences between “firsts” and “onlies” were discovered.

He will tell the interrogator kubarj he thinks the interrogator wants to hear in order to win the award manuias seeing a smile on the interrogator’s face. Edited tape recordings which sound as though A had denounced B may also be used for the purpose, separately or in conjunction with the written “confession.

KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation

As interrogation sources, optimistic characters respond best to a kindly, parental approach. 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 short-range purpose is to enlist his cooperation toward this end or, if he is resistant, to destroy his capacity for resistance and replace it with a cooperative attitude.

Regardless of his attitude toward the interrogator, his own personality, and his fears for the future, the person who is deeply devoted to a hostile cause will ordinarily prove strongly resistant under interrogation.

Screening should be conducted by interviewers, not interrogators; or at least the subjects should not be screened by the same KUBARK personnel who will interrogate them later.

He is often caught up completely in efforts to prove that he has been treated unjustly. This manual cannot teach anyone how to be, or become, a good interrogator. Was it in ? An ounce of investigation may be worth a pound of questions. The examination of his bona fidesaccordingly, is often less searching.

But the anticipation of withholding increases rather than diminishes, the value of rapport. We don’t need him any more. Archived from the original on Defectors from hostile intelligence services, doubles, provocateurs, and others who have had more than passing contact with a Sino-Soviet service may, if they belong to this category, prove unusually responsive to suggestions from the interrogator that they have been treated unfairly by the other service. 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.


Any ambiguous replies to such demands will be interpreted as acquiescence.

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Another person in the inner office, acting by prearrangement, then quietly leads A out through another door. All analyses of the defector-refugee flow have shown that the Orbit services are well-aware of the advantages offered by this channel as a means of planting their agents in target countries.

In the name of defending democracy, the manuals advocate profoundly undemocratic methods. The manuals advise that torture techniques can backfire and that the threat of pain is often more effective than pain itself.

Accusations levelled at him by the interrogator are likely to trigger such false confessions. Nor will we tolerate attempts to deliberately disrupt discussions.

Why didn’t you say so in the first place?

Another reason for avoiding note-taking is that it distracts and sometimes worries the interrogatee. Some interrogatees will take this change personally and tend to personalize the conflict. But if rapport has been established, the interrogatee will be quick to sense and resent this change of attitude. If he succumbs kubari it, and becomes engaged in a battle of wits, he may not be able to accomplish the task at hand. The interrogator wants to be fair. The report suggests forcing the detainee mmanuais stand at attention for long periods of time.

Although the brand of torture the CIA devised through more than a decade of trial and error may not inflict physical pain, it can still do some real damage.