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Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual - 1983
Prohibition Against Using Force
The use of force, mental torture, threats, insults, or exposure to unpleasant and inhumane treatment
of any kind as an aid to interrogation is prohibited by law, both international and domestic; it is
neither authorized nor condoned. The interrogator must never take advantage of the source's
weaknesses to the extent that the interrogation involves threats, insults, torture or exposure to
unpleasant or inhumane treatment of any kind. Experience indicates that the use of force is not
necessary to gain cooperation of sources. Use of force is a poor technique, yields unreliable results,
may damage subsequent collection efforts, and can induce the source to say what he thinks the
interrogator wants to hear. Additionally, the use of force will probably result in adverse publicity
and/or legal action against the interrogator (et. al) when the source is released. However, the use of
force is not to be confused with psychological ploys, verbal trickery, or other nonviolent and non-
coercive ruses employed by the interrogator in the successful interrogation of reticent or
uncooperative sources.
Opening Remarks
A. There is nothing mysterious about "questioning". It is no more than obtaining needed
information from subjects. These may be prisoners of war, defectors, refugees, illegal immigrants,
agents or suspected intelligence agents attempting to operate in your country.
B. The art of "questioning" has become controversial in many parts of the world. The is because in
many countries, the term "questioning" has been identified with the use of torture to obtain
Every manual I have read on "questioning" states that information obtained from a suspect under
torture is not reliable, that the subject will say whatever he thinks you want to hear just to avoid
further punishment.
During the Battle of Algiers, the French army used torture to neutralize a terrorist group within a
matter of months. Unfortunately, along with the hundreds of terrorists that were arrested and
tortured, so were hundreds of innocent civilians. Society simply will not condone this.
C. The routine use of torture lowers the moral caliber of the organization that uses it and corrupts
those that rely on it as the quick and easy way out. We strongly disagree with this approach and
instead emphasize the use of phsychological techniques designed to persuade the subject to want to
furnish us with the information we desire.
D. Successful "questioning" is based upon a knowledge of the subject matter and upon the use of
psychological techniques which are not difficult to understand. We will be discussing two types of
techniques, coercive and non-coercive. While we do not stress deplore the use of coercive
techniques, we do want to make you aware of them and the proper way to use so that you may
avoid them.
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