*FM Headquarters. Department of the Anny. Washington. DC. 28 September INTELLIGENCE INTERROGATION. Table of Contents. Page. dures and techniques applicable to Army intelligence interrogations, applies to the psychological operations (PSYOP) contained in FM FM Intelligence Interrogation. Chapter 3. Interrogation Process. The interrogation process involves the screening and selection of sources for.

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Until he obtains all dispositions known by the source in the vicinity of the DCPR, the interrogator must repeat these questions and plot or record the information as it is provided by the source. Category 3C sources are normally interrogated last.

Selected approach techniques and inerrogation they are to be applied.

The simultaneous method should niterrogation be selected if all of the following criteria are met: Even then, however, he must resume his questioning at the same point in the same area at which the hot lead was first identified. The interrogator loses control of the interrogation and cannot recover it.


This becomes very clear when one considers that among those persons with whom the interrogator has contact, there are those attempting to collect information for the enemy. Without this required objectivity, he may unconsciously distort the information acquired. Interpreter Briefing Once the interrogator has chosen a method of interpretation, he must brief his interpreter.

Follow-up questions are used inteoligence exploit a topic of interest. This authorization was based on a series of controversial legal memos authored by the Office of Legal Counsel that sought to define torture far more narrowly than before.

Establish and maintain control over the source and the interrogation. Demonstrated attitude and behavior.

He selects only those topics in which he believes the source has pertinent knowledge. However, map reading and enemy material and equipment are keys to the performance of interrogator duties.


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Language ability should include a knowledge of military terms, foreign idioms, abbreviations, colloquial and interrogatioh usages, and local dialects.

If an interrogator is using argument and reason to get the source to cooperate, he must be convincing and appear sincere. He obtains all of the source’s pertinent knowledge in this topical area before moving on to the next topic in his sequence.

Corrections should be made in a low? Once the interrogator determines that the source is breaking, he should interject a question pertinent to the objective of the interrogation. This information can be used to verify information from documents captured with the source and further assess his willingness to cooperate.

If nonpertinent questions show that the tentative approaches chosen will not be effective, a flexible interrogator can easily shift the direction of his approach without the source being aware of the change.

Obviously, the more complicated an approach technique is, the more preparation time is required for it and its successful use. Screening codes may change with the echelon. A more concentrated interrogation effort can be accomplished at higher levels, such as corps or echelons above corps EACwhere more time is available to exploit hostile and antagonistic sources.

If the interrogator mishandles the termination phase and he later finds that the source has lied or he needs to question the source further, he must start again from scratch. In addition, the guards can help screeners with specific items of interest to identify sources who might answer the supported commander’s PIR and IR. In many cases, he has to conduct interrogations under a variety of unfavorable physical conditions. Each interrogator, where feasible, begins his preparation by examining the situation map SITMAPthe OB data base, and pertinent information contained in the intwlligence element’s files.

Characteristics of direct questions are? Termination Procedures Whatever the reason for terminating the interrogation, the interrogator must remember that there is a possibility that someone may want to question the source at a later date.


However, the principles of objective, initiative, accuracy, prohibitions against the use of force, and security apply to all types. Rapport is established when the source reacts to the interrogator’s statement. A ontelligence, deliberate, and businesslike manner of speech and attitude may create a proper environment for a successful interrogation.

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The absence of threats in interrogation is intentional, as their enforcement and use normally constitute violations of international law and may result in prosecution under the UCMJ. These methods may be used separately or in combination with each other: Contact made with other guards or sources.

Have family in the denied area. The interrogator must avoid distracting the source while taking notes. Some approaches may be complete when the source begins to answer questions. Additionally, the validity of the source’s statements and the motives behind these statements may be obtainable only through the exercise of tact and patience.

SELF-CONTROL The interrogator must have an exceptional degree of self-control to avoid displays of genuine anger, irritation, sympathy, or weariness which may cause him to lose the initiative during the interrogation.

The source’s truthfulness should, then, be evaluated based on the plausibility of his explanation.

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With the exception of the direct approach, no other approach is effective by itself. There are several methods of recording information that can be used during interrogations. When the interrogator takes his own notes, he has a ready reference to verify responses to repeated questions or to refresh his memory.

Intwrrogation on the situation, circumstances, and any requests the source may have made, the following can also be used to develop rapport: