What Golf said . . .
I've been trained in interview and interrogation techniques, myself. I used to interview (interrogate) those in a corporate setting, where the only
technique you can really use is "good cop" . . . without the "bad". So, I don't have a background in military techniques . . . but, I do have a
background in psychology and if you are talking military . . . there really is no way to survive, unless they want you to.
As it seems you are talking about LEOs it really matters who trained them, as well. While many LEO and Gov agents are trained in Reid . . . many
others are trained in Wicklander/Zulawski, or even both. Certain subjects respond better to differing techniques.
I've been trained in W/Z, which involves the use of neuro-linguistics, body language, and overcoming objection. Reid is basically a mind game, where
they get you on the defensive and then try to trip up your story. It's a lot easier to "frame" someone with Reid. Reid also leads to many "false
confessions" and is quickly being seen as unreliable to many interviewers/interrogators. LEOs can also be more aggressive and use psych techniques to
make you uncomfortable, like the bright light shining in your face, denying you food or drink, yelling, threatening, and banging you around, letting
you sit unattended for extended periods before entering, etc . . . this is just to break you down before interrogation and make you more likely to
talk when they enter.
If you can spot that they are using Reid, as Golf said, just sit and shut up . . . they won't have anything to stand on or lead them. That's when
they usually try the "good cop-bad cop" routine . . . to soften you up and get you to start talking . . . part of the mind game. WIth W/Z, they are
non-accusatory and "nice" the whole time, so it's harder to "spot" . . . the appearance is that you are just talking. However, the W/Z interviewer is
not paying attention to your words as much as your behavior. If you are showing deceptive behavior (which you can't control, as it is your body's
auto-response) . . . they keep going. Also, they are going to randomly place names, actions, places that go along with your suspected act (such as
listing their responsibilities in investigation and saying your act in the middle of the list) and pausing just a bit longer than their usual speech
pattern after mention. If your body language changes or you give neuro-linguistic "tells" (again it's part of the body's auto-response) . . . their
suspicions are confirmed. Once they get enough "tells" . . . they will ask, not accuse, "when was the first time" or "how many times have you". A
person, when denying, will inhale before answering . . . A person, when admitting, will exhale before answering. If you inhale . . . they won't even
let you answer and change the subject.
Also, all interviewers/interrogators are going to lie . . . a lot. It's totally legal and you have no recourse. There are no ethical codes in
enticing someone to admit to something.
Also, and very important, if they had/have indisputable evidence for your suspected act . . . you wouldn't be sitting in an interview room. You would
be in jail awaiting arraignment. So, the fact that they are even talking to you means they don't have the evidence they need to convict you of
As said above . . . if LEO/Gov agent or corporate . . . the best advice is to never say a word. Don't even answer questions like "is your name?", "do
you live at?", "how you feeling?". Just sit there and shut up. If you ever say anything . . . it should only be "am I under arrest?". If the
answer is no . . . then leave. However, Golf's suggestion of simply giving them a card with your lawyer's name on it is a great idea. Keep one
handy, just in case.
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