Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

Educing Information via Federation of American Scientists

Educing Information via FAS – http://www.fas.org/irp/dni/educing.pdf

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Are professionals really able to tell when someone is lying better than an average person?
  • Why are verbal cues probably more reliable than non-verbal cues in detecting deception?
  • How can building rapport with an interrogation subject help in obtaining information?


This National Defense Intelligence College publication is a compilation of ten articles on interrogation methods and their efficacy. Here are a few:

  • Approaching Truth: Behavioral Science Lessons on Educing Information from Human Sources by Randy Borum.
  • Research on Detection of Deception: What We Know vs. What We Think We Know by Gary Hazlett
  • KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation Review: Observations of an Interrogator – Lessons Learned and Avenues for Further Research by Steven M. Kleinman
  • Custodial Interrogations: What We Know, What We Do, and What We Can Learn from Law Enforcement Experiences by Ariel Neuman and Daniel Salinas-Serrano

The beginning of the book also has a brief history of modern interrogation methods, starting with the Korean War.


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