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$81 Million of Our Tax Dollars Went to Two Psychologists Who Designed Torture Program

For the last few hours I’ve been sitting at my computer reading the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on the CIA’s interrogation program and various tweets and short articles about what people are finding.  This is an early, SMDH finding:

The CIA contractors who helped develop and operate the “enhanced interrogation techniques” that the agency used on terror suspects, including waterboarding, were paid more than $80 million, according to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA’s interrogation program released Tuesday.

The contract was for more than $180 million, but the contractors had only received $81 million when their contract was terminated in 2009.

Although the committee did not identify the contractors, NBC News has previously identified them as Mitchell, Jessen & Associates, a Spokane, Washington, company run by two psychologists, Dr. John “Bruce” Jessen and Dr. James Mitchell, who had both previously worked with the U.S. Air Force.

The report states that when they were hired the two did not have “specialized knowledge of al Qaeda, a background in counterterrorism or any relevant cultural or linguistic experience.”

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(My emphasis.)

These are apparently some of the so-called “interrogation techniques” Messrs. Jessen and Mitchell devised:

At least five CIA detainees were subjected to ‘rectal rehydration’ or rectal feeding without documented medical necessity,” according to the summary. “The CIA placed detainees in ice water ‘baths.’ The CIA led several detainees to believe they would never be allowed to leave CIA custody alive, suggesting to one detainee that he would only leave in a coffin-shaped box. One interrogator told another detainee that he would never go to court, because ‘we can never let the world know what I have done to you.’ CIA officers also threatened at least three detainees with harm to their families — to include threats to harm the children of a detainee, threats to sexually abuse the mother of a detainee, and a threat to ‘cut [a detainee’s] mother’s throat.'”

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ViceNews will soon release a video interview with Mitchell.  Here’s the trailer:

Today is a tragic day for the United States and, for that matter, the world.  On the evening of 9/11 I remember being afraid the Bush administration would go off half cocked and do things we would come to regret and sure enough, here we are.  They went insane with fear and rage, and I’m only talking about torture (not to mention Gitmo, Iraq, the NSA, the Department of Homeland Security, all the people who have been killed or displaced and our poor soldiers dead or now suffering from PTSD, etc).

Our national honor is in shambles.

More as details of the report come in.

December 9, 2014 at 5:03 PM Leave a comment

Army News Service: Obama Orders Boots on the Ground in Iraq

Homepage of the United States Army at army.mil:

(Image via Army.mil)

Yo, Americans, are you all-in with your tax Dollar$ and your sons and daughters on this?  This is the beginning of a new  war that was supposed to be over but will probably last for years.  We’ll spend untold billions of dollars.  Again, raise your hand if you’re in.

From the “official homepage of the United States Army:”

1st Infantry Division HQ Deploying to Iraq

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 25, 2014) — Soldiers from the “Big Red One” 1st Infantry Division headquarters will deploy to Iraq next month from Fort Riley, Kansas, DOD officials announced today.

“Yesterday the secretary (of Defense) signed a deployment for about 500 Soldiers from 1ID headquarters,” Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said at a Pentagon news conference.

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Something tells me that those who’ve already died in Iraq are screaming from the grave:  Don’t do it! It isn’t worth dying for!  Nothing good will come of it!

 

 

September 25, 2014 at 7:10 PM Leave a comment

AIG CEO Suing American Taxpayers For $40 Billion More After Getting a $182 Billion Bailout in 2008

AIG

GREED:

One might call it “chutzpah,” as several irate lawmakers did, or “rubbing salt in the wounds” of the American taxpayer. But to a few Wall Street financiers, a lawsuit that accuses the government of shortchanging the American International Group in its 2008 bailout is something else: a promising investment in a cause they support.

Maurice R. Greenberg, 89, the former A.I.G. chief executive who still holds a large stake in the insurance company, filed the lawsuit on behalf of fellow shareholders. He has now raised several million dollars from three Wall Street companions to help cover the cost of the case. The investors, who are entitled to a cut of any damages Mr. Greenberg collects from the government, contributed about 15 percent of the tens of millions of dollars in legal costs, according to people with knowledge of the arrangement.

Six years after the government saved Wall Street from the brink of collapse, the lawsuit is coming to trial, reopening one of the ugliest chapters in modern financial history. The trial, which begins next week in Washington, will most likely hinge on testimony from the policy makers who orchestrated A.I.G.’s rescue, including former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and former Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner.

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So Greenberg wants $40 billion more from us?  Wanna bet he’s a Republican who favors “small government,” by which he means small for We the Peons, not small when it comes to bailouts.

 

September 25, 2014 at 12:03 PM Leave a comment

The United States is Way Behind China in Preparing for Climate Change

Let’s ponder the long run for a sec here:  Who’s smarter?  Who’s doing the best job planning for the future?

Military v. Climate spending via Degrist on twitter

(Image via @Drgrist on Twiter)

I vote for China.

This is what the U.S. gets allowing itself to become a corporatocracy run by lobbyist$ who drain it via endless war.

September 19, 2014 at 8:58 PM Leave a comment

Congress Returns From a Five-Week Break, Works for Eight Days and Adjourns Until Mid-November

Grying Babies in Washington via David Perdue on Youtube

(Image via David Perdue on YouTube)

Man-oh-man, this is one tough work schedule:

One vote on war and Congress is apparently all tuckered out.

[Republican} House leaders announced Thursday that they were cutting their already abbreviated fall session short and sending lawmakers back home – and onto the campaign trail – more than a week early.

[…]

The House had initially been scheduled to remain in Washington on Friday and during the first week of October, but Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told members they could leave on Thursday afternoon and wouldn’t be called back until after the November congressional elections.

[…]

Including the five-week summer recess,  Congress will have been in session for a total of about eight days between the end of July and the middle of November.

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So, they come back in November and then they break for Thanksgiving and then they break for Christmas.

Okaay.  The year is shot.

The next time you hear a Republican yelling about how we need to create jobs, think about this.  They might want to create their own jobs first.

September 19, 2014 at 8:42 PM Leave a comment

It Depends on What the Definition of “Extreme Circumstances” Is

John Kerry via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia)

Oh god, Obama hasn’t even made his big speech yet but we’re already seeing mission creep:

— U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry raised the possibility Wednesday that U.S. troops might be committed to ground operations in Iraq in extreme circumstances, the first hedging by an administration official on President Barack Obama’s pledge that there will be no U.S. boots on the ground to battle the Islamic State.

Kerry made the comment during a news conference after a day of meeting with Iraqi officials….

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September 10, 2014 at 1:46 PM Leave a comment

As We Prepare to Start the War in Iraq Anew…

Here’s my Tweet of the Day

Tweet of the Day 9-10-14

(Via.)

September 10, 2014 at 9:59 AM Leave a comment

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