Many HUMINTers (human intelligence professionals) are forced to read FM 34-52 (The US Army Handbook on Interrogations), the KUBARK Counterintelligence and Interrogation handbook, or something similar. These “manuals” are often considered the golden books used to get the job done. But shouldn’t we also look at different tools to assist the HUMINT mission? If we should, then Robert Young Pelton, the controversial adventure survivalist, may be hand delivering us one of those additional tools.
The aforementioned books are merely tools. They are no different from a lighter used to start a fire. But what happens when the lighter doesn’t work? What happens when we become reliant on certain tools and for whatever reason, they just don’t work in specific situations? We must learn to go back to the most primitive alternatives.
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