Filters: Sex andOther Misconceptions
A good interrogator is always hedging bets, seeing how much he can get away with. The techniques he uses center on his ability to manipulate your filters—gender-related traits, cultural factors, and projections.
When I’m trying to build rapport with a mature Arab man in interrogation, I begin with the likelihood that he has a son, and that his son is the light of his life. So I may begin with, “Your oldest child, your son….” He will not say, “No, my daughter.” It will not happen. Even if he has a daughter that is his oldest child, he would not admit that to an Anglo. And then I would refer to the son by one of the popular names for an oldest male and have roughly a 40 percent chance of getting ...