interrogation Wednesday

An interview technique for eliciting intelligence without asking questions has in a series of experiments proven to work very well. The idea dates back to the renowned WWII interrogator Hanns Scharff, but has now — for the first time — been empirically validated…

Instead of an interrogation, Scharff arranged his meeting as a conversation, emphasizing that the most important details were already known, and that all he wanted was help to fill in some minor gaps. This meant that prisoners never knew when they disclosed information that Scharff did not already know, and often ended up revealing much more information than they thought they did…

When interviewers avoid direct questions and instead emphasize what they already know, it becomes difficult for the interviewee to cooperate without contributing with new information, and difficult to assess how much one has revealed. –Refined interview technique can reveal plans of terror: How to get answers without asking questions

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of an investigator going after a terrorist.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the strangest interview you’ve ever done.

Art Prompt: Interview

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the various techniques investigators use to interrogate suspects.
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