The CIA's Secret Manual on Coercive Questioning

"Resistant sources can be broken" with carefully chosen, concentrated psychological forces, according to the Central Intelligence Agency's 1963 guidebook on interrogation. The following document is a verbatim reproduction of the CIA's July 1963 "KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation" manual, released in 1997 under a FOIA lawsuit by the Baltimore Sun. The document provides an inside view of the agency's hostile methods for inducing mental and physical agony.

Throughout the manual, the CIA cites its covertly funded MKULTRA mind control research to explain the optimal means of making people talk. The document describes an arsenal of mind tricks, including hypnosis, sensory deprivation and "truth drugs." It also includes descriptions of standard interrogation practices, as well as "personality assessment profiles" for recruiting informants, and other practices.

The manual includes the use of "medical, chemical, or electrical methods," yet other sections were redacted, apparently more shocking than the electrocution techniques. Perhaps these deleted portions refer to waterboarding, a now widely-reported form of torture that has been openly endorsed by President-elect Donald Trump.

The KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation document was declassified in January 1997 under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the Baltimore Sun. It is in the public domain, and its widespread dissemination in any form is encouraged. PDFs of the original document can be found online.

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