Aspects of the Interrogation Process

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Aspects of the Interrogation Process

Clancey Librandi
State College of Florida
Criminal Investigation
CJE 2600

June 4, 2012
James Carlino

Abstract

There are many facets of the interrogation process. Interrogation is defined as the questioning or extraction process of obtaining a confession or information from a suspect or witness. The intent of this paper is to give an insight into this process. There are rules and laws that we must abide by while trying to get a confession from a suspect of a crime. The acts of the interrogator or any other party may not be considered inhumane. For the most part, anything is lawful and permissible, as long as it does not cause permanent harm to the suspect. Harm is defined by mental, physical or emotional torture / injury whether it be temporary or permanent. The main focus presented is an understanding of the ten basic rules of engagement, two types of interrogations (witness and suspect), explain the five different styles of interrogations, and discuss the most used methods of interrogations. It will explain how we communicate to gain a verbal admission or confession and the difference between the two.

Table of Contents

Abstract……………………………………………..…………………………2 Introduction: Aspects of the Interrogation Process……..……………………..4 Rules of Engagement………………………………………………………….4 Interview Verses Interrogation………………………………………………..6 Types of Interrogations ……………………………………………………….7 Styles of Interrogations………………………………………………………..8 Methods of Interrogations…………………………………………………….9 Communication through Interrogation………………………………………11 Interrogations from Verbal Admission to a Confession……………………..12 Conclusion………………………………………………………………...…14 References……………………………………………………………………15

Introduction: Aspects of the Interrogation Process
The interrogation process has many aspects. There are rules and regulations that must be adhered too. In the United States we are governed by the Geneva Convention and Amendments to Military Interrogations of what is deemed legal and illegal for interrogations of any type. We are limited to where and when these interrogations may take place. There are regulations as to who may perform interrogations and why they are performed. The commonality of all types of interrogations is to ensure they are done humanly and the purpose is to protect and create a safe environment for all to dwell in. Rules of Engagement

The rules of engagement for any person to be interrogated for any crime are as follows; they are not only for those who are suspected terrorists. “Law enforcement personnel at all levels serve on the front line of America’s Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). In the interest of national security and public safety, law enforcement investigators frequently must question persons, either for purposes of intelligence gathering, for collecting evidence that may lead to prosecution and take immediate action that may be in the interest of the public safety/force protection. The objective of these interviews/interrogations is to gather accurate and reliable information that furthers security, safety, intelligence, and law enforcement interests. The current threat environment, however, poses some new challenges for professional.” (Naval Criminal Investigative Services)

On September 6, 2006 our country changed its official status on the processes that may be used in interrogating suspects. It is no longer permissible to use harsh forms of retrieving information from terrorists or anyone else in the custody of the United States or any of its agencies. The CIA may no longer have its own facilities to gather information from suspected terrorists. All detainees have the same rights as any other suspect held in any facility within the United States or it jurisdiction.

The rules state: “that detainee abuse is illegal and that they are required to report any suspected mistreatment. U.S. forces must adhere to the standards of the Geneva Conventions' Common...
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