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"KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation" is an interrogation manual published in 1963. The 127-page report, originally classified as secret, is a comprehensive guide for training interrogators in the art of obtaining intelligence from "resistant sources".

KUBARK –a CIA codename for itself– describes the qualifications of a successful interrogator and reviews the theory of non-coercive and coercive techniques for breaking a prisoner.
The long-range purpose of interrogation is to get all the useful counterintelligence information the source has.
The short-range purpose is to enlist his cooperation to this end or if he is resistant to destroy his capacity for resistance and replace it with a cooperative attitude.

Creating a sense of unfamiliarity, disorientation and isolation are the hallmarks of psychologically undermining a detainee in the purview of the KUBARK manual.
Practices like starvation, keeping inmates in small, windowless cells with unchanging artificial light and forcing inmates to sit or stand in uncomfortable positions for long periods of time are useful instruments to reach the objective.

Finally, the KUBARK manual is a work of historic importance and a fundamental source document for all Counterintelligence Interrogation in the world to this day…

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