CTE conducted a workshop with members of the High Value Detainees Interrogation Group (HIG) in Washington D.C. on October 19, 2017.

HIG is a multi-agency organization whose principal function is intelligence gathering—not law enforcement—and it is subject to oversight through the National Security Council, Department of Justice, and Congress. However, the actions of HIG teams are carefully documented, evidence is preserved in the event of a criminal prosecution, and its members are prepared to testify in court if necessary. HIG personnel use authorized, lawful, non-coercive techniques that are designed to elicit voluntary statements.

HIG has a research program to study the effectiveness of interrogation approaches and techniques by identifying and testing existing techniques, and by developing new lawful techniques that may be more effective. The HIG identifies research gaps in the interrogations field and commissions research contracts to fill those gaps.