Intelligence Interviewing and Interrogation

Intelligence Interviewing and Interrogation: A Systematic Survey of the Interrogation Community

Federal Bureau of Investigation, High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG); Subcontract with University of TX, El Paso, PI: Christian Meissner

Co-Researchers: Christopher Kelly and Jeaneé Miller

The practice and perceived effectiveness of interview and interrogation techniques are difficult to untangle; if techniques are perceived to be ineffective, they are likely to be infrequently employed, if at all. In addition, it is important to recognize that the perceived efficacy of any one technique (or combination of techniques) and subsequent use is dependent on several factors. To study perceptions of efficacy and the interactions between interrogator, source, and technique characteristics, approximately 100 to 400 military, law enforcement, intelligence, and national security interviewers and interrogators will be surveyed. With a focus on the self-reported use and effectiveness of interview and interrogation techniques within and across interrogator and agency, the expected outcomes of the work are improved training of current and future interrogators, and ultimately increased effectiveness of field operations. Information gained from a systematic survey of interrogators and intelligence gatherers can address both the short-term and long-term research objectives of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG). Survey results have the potential to facilitate more effective interagency communication, scientific research, and the educing of accurate intelligence.