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

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

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.”


(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.'”


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.


Entry filed under: George W. Bush and Co., Middle East, Our Tax Dollars, Terror.

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