Hypnosis is a state of human consciousness involving focused attention and reduced peripheral awareness and an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion.

In some cases, hypnosis has been used by law enforcement to help witnesses recall previous events, memories etc.

I thought it would be interesting to see if hypnosis was utilized by the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), so in June of 2017, I filed a FOIA request that asked for the following:

I respectfully request a copy of records, electronic or otherwise, of any and all policy documents, or records describing the use of HYPNOSIS by your agency.

The response gave me a bit more. There are references to a NCIS-3, which I have requested under FOIA which appears to maybe serve as more of the guidelines, but I also received a few cases from their files mentioning “hypnosis”.

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 Hypnosis and the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), Released August 2, 2017 [11 Pages, 0.6MB]

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