Friday, December 17, 2010

Enhanced torturers, Enhanced deals

The USA Justice Department prosecutor is still investigating whether any CIA "enhanced interrogation expert", including Torture psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, should face criminal charges.

But just in case the last two ones are not above the Law, the CIA has agreed to cover at least $5 million in legal fees for the architects of the agency’s "interrogation" program.

The full article at :


Officials: CIA gave Waterboarders $5M Legal Shield

By Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo
WASHINGTON (AP) – The CIA agreed to cover at least $5 million in legal fees for two contractors who were the architects of the agency’s interrogation program and personally conducted dozens of waterboarding sessions on terror detainees, former U.S. officials said.
The secret agreement means taxpayers are paying to defend the men in a federal investigation over an interrogation tactic the U.S. now says is torture. The deal is even more generous than the protections the agency typically provides its own officers, giving the two men access to more money to finance their defense.
It has long been known that psychologists Jim Mitchell and Bruce Jessen created the CIA’s interrogation program. But former U.S. intelligence officials said Mitchell and Jessen also repeatedly subjected terror suspects inside CIA-run secret prisons to waterboarding, a simulated drowning tactic.
The revelation of the contractors’ involvement is the first known confirmation of any individuals who conducted waterboarding at the so-called black sites, underscoring just how much the agency relied on outside help in its most sensitive interrogations.

More about these guys at PHYSICIANS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS BLOG: ( click on title)

Psychologists Who Devised US Torture Program Had No Interrogation Experience, Were Paid $1000/Day by CIA

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