An Introduction to: Interrogation Techniques (for Phun and Profit)

Friday, October 9th, 2020 by Merchant of the Agora

By The ZED/NET Writer #1

It is easy to intercept transmissions-but the human brain is still one of the safest places to keep information. This phile will help you pull information from the bodies greatest fortress. Pain —- Pain used to be the most popular sort of interrogation.

The thumb screw and the rack were famous for “loosening a strong man’s tongue.” Pain, however, is a two-edged weapon. Its infliction may be able to bring quick results– but a victim pushed to extremes of pain may babble anything his questioners wish to hear. Torture can also harden a few individuals. They may resist until death, or prove poor exhibits at a subsequent trial. Also torture can bring about negative propaganda towards the torturer.

The Five S’s


1. Stop and search. At checkpoints or random searches, clothing is checked of weapons, and people are checked against photos to see if they are the suspects being searched for.

2. Segregation. As soon as possible, suspects should be separated from one another. This helps to break down the suspect’s will and allows statements made by other suspects to be checked. Also it reduces the possibility of two or more suspects cooperating together to come up with a clever plan to escape.

3. Silencing. A bag put over the suspect’s head disori- ents and isolates the subject.

4. Speed of interrogation. Initial “safe” questions throw a suspect off guard, and quick “unsafe” questions may be answered unknowingly by the suspect. 5. Safeguard. Thick, steel, locked doors bar escape and crush the suspect’s will.

Sensory Deprivation


In civil custody, the same isolation is used as a tool throughout many Western countries. Police forces can deny access to solicitors or friends on the grounds that information may be passed to the suspect’s associates in crime. Techniques of sensory deprivation can aid the process of isolation. Hooded or crowned with an upturned bucket, the simple lack of light and vision can swiftly break a prisoner’s grasp on normal realities.

The use of “white noise”–a recording of sounds across the spectrum, not unlike the hiss of escaping steam– blots out auditory contact with the world. Drugs used by Syrian captors of Israeli soldiers remove all sensations of sight, smell, hearing and touch, but left the brain active. To increase time disorientation, periods of lightness and darkness may be varied irregularly.

Meals can be produced at odd intervals so a prisoner loses track of the days of captivity. Even before a formal interrogation has begun, the suspect has already lost contact with reality. Confusion and uncertainty are increased if his captors treat him with absolute “correctness.” Many experts now regard such an approach as more effective than abuse or hostility towards a suspect–which gives him a focus for his aggression and a recognizable opponent. The captors should reveal no emotion and not talk amongst themselves. They should restrict conversation with the prisoner to monosyllabic commands and orders. Since Man is a social animal, the surge of relief encountered when he is lead into a room and comforted by an apparent friend may overwhelm his determination to keep silent.

Soft Man, Hard Man


The “Hard Man, Soft Man” technique is definitely the most interesting form of non-drug interrogation to be produced by the twentieth century. It is basically this: One interrogator (“The Hard Man”) is violent and unfriendly. He insults and may physically attack the suspect. The other interrogator is nice, friendly, and compassionate.

He may offer the prisoner something to eat or cigarettes. He also establishes a friendly relationship by opening a conversation, rather than by conducting a question-and-answer period. One will hurt the subject, the other will comfort the subject, and then the “Hard Man” will take over again.

Despite awareness of the game he is caught up in, the prisoner finds it difficult not to relax and lower his guard with the “Soft Man”.

Breaking Alliances


The toughest job of an interrogator is getting the prisoner to break faith with his freinds or organization. He must convince him that his group has rejected him, or that they have cooperated also, thus exonerating him from silence. At his most effective, the interrogator uses a mix of suggestion and deprivation to pursuade the captive to identify with the new group that the captive represents.

Lack of sleep is another very effective method of breaking down a suspects will. Well, have phun with these methods, and remember “A phile is a phile!”

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