PDF | A careful reading of the KUBARK manual is essential for anyone involved in interrogation, if perhaps for no other reason than to uncover a definition of. Its purpose is to provide guidelines for KUBARK interrogation, and particularly the counterintelligence interrogation of resistant sources. “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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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? In the course of several sessions conducted without note-taking, the subject is likely to fall manjal the comfortable illusion that he is not talking for the record. The guilt-ridden character is hard to interrogate. He will be offended and may become wholly uncooperative if faced with insistent demands for the naked what. Personality Categories C.

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His money and other possessions have for him a personalized quality; they are parts of himself. No interrogator should be reluctant to notify his superior when emotional involvement becomes evident. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Both the Kybark and the Chinese have used this trick effectively.

One general observation is introduced now, however, because it is considered basic to the establishment of rapport, upon which the success of non-coercive interrogation depends. The questioner should not accept a blanket negative without probing. I feel, personally, that he was exaggerating a great deal.

As detailed questioning proceeds, addition biographic data will be revealed. But two cautions are in order. During the next interrogation session with the source, a part of the taped denunciation can be played back to him if necessary. It is kbark to determine whether the subject’s knowledge of any topic was acquired at first hand, learned indirectly, or represents merely an assumption.


If he is a fabricator or hostile agent, has he been photographed and fingerprinted? 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. Two dangers are especially likely to appear during the reconnaissance. Only when these have been established and understood does it become possible to plan realistically.

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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. Sometimes the interrogator knows in advance, oubark a result of screening, that the subject will be uncooperative. He is not able to withstand very much pressure; he reacts to a challenge not by kanual his efforts but rather by running away to avoid conflict.

A number of practical terminal details should also be considered in advance. 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. Dismissal or prompt referral of the mentally ill to professional specialists will save time and money. First, such interrogations should not be conducted for reasons lying outside the sphere of KUBARK’ s responsibilities.

On the other hand, if the needed information is not sensitive from the subject’s viewpoint, merely asking for it is usually preferable to trying to trick him into admissions and thus creating an unnecessary battle of wits. 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.


Interrogators who adopt them and who note in an interrogatee one or two of the characteristics of “Type A” may mistakenly assign the source kkubark Category A and assume the remaining traits.

As interrogation sources, optimistic characters respond best to a kindly, parental approach. In the opening phases of interrogation, or in a quick interrogation, we are compelled to make some manhal of the shorthand of categorizing, despite distortions. Some of the findings, though necessarily tentative and speculative, have some relevance to interrogation. A repetition of this catalogue would serve no purpose here, especially because almost all of the characteristics mentioned are also mankal in case officers, agents, policemen, salesmen, lumberjacks, and everybody else.

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Documents from Bloc countries, or those mwnual are in any respect unusual or unfamiliar, are customarily sent to the proper field or headquarters component for technical analysis. Perhaps the four qualifications of chief importance to the interrogator are 1 enough operational training and experience to permit quack recognition of leads; 2 real familiarity with the language to be used; 3 extensive background knowledge about the interrogatee’s native country and intelligence service, if employed by one ; and 4 a genuine understanding of the source as a person.