How to Survive a Shakedown
A shakedown is when an ATI authority seeks to bring a student to the realization of his sins.* The person in leadership "counsels" the student until the student agrees he is in sin and offers to make a public apology. The shakedown technique has been used by the Gestapo, the mafia, and military intelligence, but it was perfected by ATI. If you work or volunteer for the Institute, chances are you will face a shakedown at some point, so we offer suggestions on how to survive.
Sit very still. Do not make eye contact with the authority. Respond to the interrogation with small whimpering noises.
Resist appeals to your conscience. Disagree with everything the authority says. "Don't you think you exhibited a rebellious spirit?" "No!"
Run downhill. ATI leadership is fast, but cannot run downhill.
Plea bargain. "I'm not going to admit to watching a movie. Let's say I owned a country music CD."
Don't get caught in the first place.
Avoid billiard tables at all costs.
* The shakedown is also known as a pool stick session, deriving its name from a movie in which a crime boss tortures a "rat" in his organization. The crime boss gets the traitor to confess by tying him facedown on a billiard table, hitting him with a pool stick, and placing the pool stick in uncomfortable places.