With interrogation methods being all over the news the past few months we thought it would be appropriate to reveal some of the methods that are being called into question.
Whether they should, or should not be used is a question you’ll have to answer for yourself. The approved methods of interrogation shown in this post are taught by SERE – U.S. Military Training Program (survival, evasion, resistance, escape).
Take a look at them and let us know what you think.
Top 11 Approved Methods of Interrogation. Should They Be Used, Or Banned?
Isolation is the idea that a person should be left entirely without stimulation by another person. When left for the right amount of time in this state, it leads to a deep feeling of anxiety. The KUBARK document (1) states:
“Little is known about the duration of confinement calculated to make a subject shift from anxiety, coupled with a desire for sensory stimuli and human companionship, to a passive, apathetic acceptance of isolation[…]“
The document recommends that the interrogator should determine whether the person being interrogated has been imprisoned in the past, to better judge the amount of solitary time that will have the greatest effect.
2. Sleep Deprivation
The most common method of sleep deprivation is to keep the prisoner awake for several days. When they are finally allowed to fall asleep, they are awakened and interrogated. Ex-Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin describes his experience of this technique when he was a prisoner of the KGB:
“In the head of the interrogated prisoner, a haze begins to form. His spirit is wearied to death, his legs are unsteady, and he has one sole desire: to sleep… Anyone who has experienced this desire knows that not even hunger and thirst are comparable with it.”
As well as leading to hallucinations, sleep deprivation for periods longer than 24 hours can lead to a state of temporary insanity.
3. Sensory Deprivation
In a study on sensory deprivation, 17 paid subjects were placed in a tank-type respirator that blocked all sensory stimulus. The subjects could breath for themselves through open vents. The time limit for staying in the tank was 36 hours. Only 6 of the subjects completed the full time. Four of the eleven who left the study early complained of anxiety and panic.
“The chief effect of […] solitary confinement, is to deprive the subject of many or most of the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and tactile sensations to which he has grown accustomed”
It is believed that a few hours in this environment is equal to weeks or months of imprisonment in an ordinary cell.
4. Stress Positions
This is posing a detainee in an erect standing position for a period of several hours. No restraints or external devices are used. Variations of this technique include the extension of one’s arms outward to the side.
According to one Army intelligence officer with personal knowledge of these practices, soldiers in the field developed harsher variations of the stress technique. In one position reportedly improvised by soldiers in the field, known as a “short shackle,” detainees are bound at the wrist and ankle with metal or plastic handcuffs and then doubled over with their wrists bound to their ankles, either while lying on the ground or sitting.
Stress positions are commonly used by the U.S. Military. Recruits are often put in stress positions during basic training, the most common being the “front leaning rest”, which is the military term for the pushup positions.
5. Sensory Bombardment
This includes being bombarded with loud noises or music and flashing or bright lights. These methods are designed to overload the senses, interfering with sleep, cognition, and concentration. An Iraqi dissident reported his experience of this form of interrogation technique:
He was made to stand or kneel facing a wall for seven-and-a-half days, hooded, and handcuffed tightly with plastic strips. At the same time a bright light was placed next to his hood whilst distorted music was played.
6. Forced Nudity
Forced nudity is the most common technique used by US forces in Iraq when interrogating prisoners. It involves stripping prisoners in front of other prisoners and forcing them to remain naked for long periods of time.
The technique has also been used on people caught looting or stealing. The effect of this act is to cause great shame.
To see the rest of the interrogation methods go to the full article at : Listverse.com
Here’s what a couple of people had to say about waterboarding. Where do you stand on the issue. Please use the comment section below.
A lot of people are crying that this is torture and unfair. If you really think that way just go ahead and let the evil terrorist fly more planes into our building and while we hollering “foul” how about a few car bombs at our kids schools or on their buses. The people we deal with are evil and are willing to kill us on the drop of a dime. So if grabbing a handful of these bastards and waterboarding them until we get the answers we need to stop any attacks I say go for it.He lasted 6 seconds, which is actually more than many who can voluntarily end it. There are people who have nightmares for years afterwards by having this demonstration done on them once. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded nearly 200 times in secret by people hostile to him, for up to 45 SECONDS or more each time. 1) tell me how this isn’t torture 2) tell me how his confession can be considered believable. 200 waterboardings & I would have admitted to being the mastermind behind 911 too.