See some of the most unbelievable pages from the Cold War-era CIA torture manual known as the KUBARK handbook. Essential Guide to Interrogation and Torture: CIA KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation Manual, Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual, Art and. In , the CIA distributed a novella-length manual on torture. A supplement to the KUBARK manual, the Human Resource Exploitation.

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Read more Click here to go to the current weekly digest or pick another article: The interrogator who is dealing with an orderly-obstinate character should avoid the role of hostile authority.

This manual cannot teach anyone how to be, or become, a good interrogator. Yet they have conducted scientific inquiries into many subjects that are closely related to interrogation: B-2 The manual refers to one or two weeks of practical work cia-kubaark-torture prisoners as part of the course, suggesting that U.

The slow, piecemeal surfacing of these manuals and the limited investigations at each point suggest that there may be many cia-kubark-todture inappropriate training materials still in circulation.

The purpose of block-by-block control is to detect the individuals who are supporting or sympathizing with the insurgents and the type of support they are providing.

CIA Torture Manual: See Inside The Declassified KUBARK Handbook

A User’s Guide to Torture? Ina CIA manual for training the Nicaraguan contras in psychological operations was discovered and created a considerable scandal. Perhaps the most persistent and nefarious aspect of the manuals is the lack of distinction between legitimate political and civic opposition and armed rebellion. While “Combat Intelligence” offers a more sophisticated explanation of underlying reasons insurgencies might develop, such as the strains created by rapid modernization, the existence of corrupt elites and government repression, neither this manual nor any other offers any discussion of the steps a civilian government might manal to make a political response to popular discontent.


Pressure tactics or hostility will make them retreat inside themselves, whereas reassurance will bring them out. The excerpts from “Terrorism and the Urban Guerilla,” “Revolutionary War, Guerillas and Communist Ideology,” “Combat Intelligence” and the selections from “Handling of Sources” not included in the Pentagon’s excerpts were translated by the author of this memo.

It is true that American psychologists have devoted somewhat more attention to Communist interrogation techniques, particularly “brainwashing”, than to U. But the results of preliminary testing are often inconclusive, and detailed interrogation is frequently essential to confession and full revelation. Every effort has been made to report and interpret these findings in our own language, in place of the terminology employed by the psychologists.

The CIA’s Torture Manual In Its Entirety, Part I | Stuff You Should Know

A lack of distinction cia-kubark-torfure civilian movements and armed rebellion. What is not included in these excerpts, however, is the larger context. So, too, are using hypnosis and drugs to extract information. While the excerpts released by the Pentagon are a useful and not misleading selection of the most egregious passages, the ones most clearly advocating torture, execution and blackmail, they do not provide adequate insight into the manuals’ highly objectionable framework.

Army military intelligence officers in Panama.

The CIA’s 1963 Torture Manual In Its Entirety, Part I

With all of these reservations, then, and with the further observation that cia-kubaek-torture 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.

The army manual excerpts highlighted by the Pentagon advocate tactics such as executing guerrillas, blackmail, false imprisonment, physical abuse, use of truth serum to obtain information and payment of bounties for enemy dead.

Therefore prior Headquarters approval at the KUDOVE level must be obtained for the interrogation of any source against his will and under any of the following circumstances:.

The release of the seven army manuals was the result of extensive public and congressional pressure. For more information go to: In accordance with Title 17 U.


The manual gives the suggestion that prisoners be deprived of sleep and food, and made to maintain rigid positions, such as standing at attention for long periods. Embed TMS on your website! 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.

Subject is given a thorough medical examination, including all body cavities, by the facility doctor or nurse. And for interrogation purposes the ways in which he differs from the abstract type may be more significant than the ways in which he conforms. Every interrogator knows that a real understanding of the individual is worth far more than a thorough knowledge of this or that pigeon-hole to which he has been consigned. By infiltrating informants in the diverse youth, workers, political, business, social and charitable organizations, we can identify the organizations that include guerillas among their members.

Throughout the eleven hundred pages of the manuals, there are few mentions of democracy, human rights, or the rule of law.

Actions like that act to improve the image that the guerillas present to the people. The kind of person who cannot help personalizing, who becomes emotionally involved in the interrogation situation, may have chance and even spectacular successes as an interrogator but is almost certain to have a poor batting average.

For this cia-kubark-torrture definitions have been omitted for such terms as burn notice, defector, escapee, and refugee. It is frequently said that the interrogator should be “a good judge of human nature.