*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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For example, during an interrogation, he learns of an unknown, highly destructive weapon. The interrogator collects all available interrogation aids needed maps, charts, writing tools, reference materials, and so forth and proceeds to the interrogation site.

He determines why the source is in a certain mood or why his intetrogation suddenly changed. Questions usually flow one-from-another based on the answer to previous questions. Experience has untelligence that in most tactical interrogations, the source is cooperative. In any case, you must establish a route using the procedures, in the sequence shown, in the following illustration. They may be incomplete, “blanket” or otherwise nonspecific, and create doubt in the source’s mind.

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Through the use of his map tracking skills, the interrogator can obtain information on the locations of enemy activities from sources who can read a map. Notes should be taken in such a way that the maximum amount of eye? They are used primarily for interrogations which are technical in nature, require legal precision, or cover a number of specific topics.

He completes the termination phase by instructing the escort guard to return the source to the holding compound and to keep him away from any sources who have not yet been interrogated. The sentence structure of the target language is parallel to English. Reasons why the interrogator selected only specific topics from the basic questioning sequence.

Without motivation, other qualities lose their significance. By using nonpertinent conversation, the interrogator can more easily move the conversation in the desired direction, and as previously stated, sometimes obtain leads and hints as to source’s stresses or weaknesses or other approach strategies that may be more successful. The letter “C” represents a source who does not appear to have pertinent information.


Furthermore, his map reading skills are essential to translate information into map terminology from sources who cannot read a map. During the questioning phase, OB elements assist the interrogator in verifying the accuracy of the information obtained and can be used as an effective tool to gain new information. The interrogator is, however, free to modify this sequence as he deems necessary.

He looks for indicators of any psychological or physical weakness that might make the source susceptible to one or more approach techniques.

As a result, the response may be inaccurate or incomplete. He maintains his established sequence of questioning to ensure that no topics are missed.

International Agreements The interrogator should know international regulations on the treatment of prisoners of war and the general principles of the Law of Land Warfare and The Hague and Geneva Conventions.

He then translates it during natural pauses in the interrogation. After these sources have been interrogated for any information of immediate tactical value, as needed they are turned over to CI personnel as quickly as possible.

However, more time is required for report writing because the entire tape must be replayed to transfer information to the report. He normally takes the position of answering questions asked directly, but seldom volunteers information. Method of interpretation to be used. Conduct the Interrogation During the interrogation, the interrogator corrects the interpreter if he violates any of the standards on which he was briefed. Since both rapport and control must be established, the interpreter’s ability to closely imitate the attitude, behavior, and tone of voice used by both the interrogator and the source is especially important.

FM 34-52 Intelligence Interrogation

Question Guards Screeners should question guards about the source. Specialized Training The interrogator requires specialized training in international regulations, security, and neurolinguistics. APPROACH The approach phase actually begins when the interrogator first comes in contact with the source and continues until the prisoner begins ingelligence questions pertinent to the objective of the interrogation effort.

This may lead the interrogator to select approaches which may be totally incorrect for obtaining this source’s willing cooperation. Identity of the source. There are two types of documents: Sign In Sign Out. Recording Information There are several reasons for recording information obtained during interrogations. In addition, the screener should examine the documents to determine if the source has information which answers the supported commander’s PIR and Gm.



A careful assessment of the source is absolutely necessary to avoid wasting valuable time in the approach phase. Selected approach techniques and how they are to be applied. Establish a destination common point of reference DCPR. Leading questions may prompt the source to answer with the response he believes the interrogator wishes to hear. How the source has been handled since his capture.

If possible, and when time permits, he should attempt to confirm information received and annotate less credible or unproven information.

This page was last edited on 25 Octoberat Screeners should look for things like attempts to talk to the guards, intentionally joining placement in the wrong segregation group, or any signs of nervousness, anxiety, or fear.

If the interrogator’s personal manner reflects fairness, strength, and efficiency, the source may prove cooperative and more receptive to questioning. Any source whose appearance or behavior indicates that he is willing to talk should be noted by the screeners. However, the use of force is not to be confused with psychological ploys, verbal trickery, or other nonviolent and noncoercive ruses used by the interrogator in questioning hesitant or uncooperative sources.

This helps ensure that the interpreter completely understands his role in the interrogation. This knowledge enables him to judge the relative significance of the information he extracts from the source.

Exonerating the source from guilt. The psychological techniques and principles outlined should neither be confused with, nor construed to be synonymous with, unauthorized techniques such as brainwashing, mental torture, or any other form of mental coercion to include drugs.

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