Torture Psychologist Resigns as Mormon Bishop

Bruce Jessen, one of the two psychologists whose firm made $81 million for designing the failed and barbaric torture program for the CIA, had to step down as a Mormon bishop because that revelation made him just too controversial to carry on.

One of the chief architects of the CIA’s harsh interrogation program said on Thursday he had to quit as leader of his Mormon church in 2012 amid controversy about his role in fighting terrorism.

No senior policymakers or CIA officials have been charged for the maltreatment of suspects, but at least for former Air Force psychologist Bruce Jessen there has been a repercussion at a local level for his part in the so-called “war on terror.”

Jessen resigned as bishop of a Mormon congregation in Spokane, Washington after civil liberties and human rights activists criticized his professional past in the local newspaper.

“I just felt it would be unfair for me to bring that controversy to a lot of other people, so I decided to step down,” Jessen told Reuters outside his home south of Spokane.

Really? That is the part of all of this you think is unfair? Not the fact that you violated your professional responsibilities to help people rather than hurt them? Not that you tortured human beings? Other people dealing with that fact is the core unfairness of it all for you? Then you’re a morally bankrupt human being.

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  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    And the fact that he’s leaving his church post because he was caught — not because of what he was doing before — kind of implies that his church is morally bankrupt too.

  • Larry

    Dr. Jessen, meet Dr. Mengele. I’m sure you have lots to talk about.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    But hey, this is something remotely like real punishment: if he’s no longer a bishop, he’ll no longer be able to serve as a marriage counselor, tell women how to manage their private lives, or find his next wife from that pool of vulnerable women.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Larry: at least he can retroactively convert Mengele to Mormonism.

  • raven

    Military psychologists paid $81MILLION to devise CIA’s…

    www. dailymail .co.uk/…/Two-military-psychologists-paid-81MILLION-dev…

    Dec 11, 2014 – Jim Mitchell (pictured), who devised the enhanced interrogation techniques used … story of how two Mormons with no expertise conned the CIA.

    Both Mitchell and Jessen are Mormons.

    That religion has produced more than a few monsters. Richard Mack, the America hating ex-sheriff, Cliven Bundy, the FLDS cults, Mitt Romney, Brigham Young, Joseph Smith, the Mountain Meadows massacre of civilians. etc..

    FWIW, Mormon Bishop is a low level position, equivalent to xian minister. They have a lay clergy but the Bishop leads a single church.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    “You’re a loose cannon, Jessen! Turn in your messenger bag and your short-sleeved white dress shirt!”

  • dingojack

    But, but, but — without religion how would humans know how to moral?

    @@

    Dingo

  • Michael Heath

    The Reuters’ lede that Ed quotes above:

    One of the chief architects of the CIA’s harsh interrogation program [psychologist Bruce Jessen] said on Thursday he had to quit as leader of his Mormon church in 2012 amid controversy about his role in fighting terrorism.

    Mr. Jessen didn’t resign as bishop because of “his role in fighting terrorism”. Instead Jessen claims in that same article that he resigned because of human rights group protesting his role in torturing people.

    There’s an enormous difference between torture and fighting terrorism. In the case of the U.S.’s administration of torture, we know that led to an increase in terrorists and terrorism, e.g., al Qaeda Iraq’s #1 magnet in recruiting Islamists to come fight and commit acts of terror in Iraq during the Iraq War was their leveraging the U.S. deployment of torture against Muslims.

    Reuters provides a perfect illustration on how the media frames story in a way that’s not accurate when it comes to the use of torture. I’m confident such shoddy journalism has a positive impact regarding why so many Americans support the use of torture.

  • colnago80

    Re Michael Heath @ #8

    One wonders how much the US terrorists activities in Iraq and Afghanistan contributed to the rise of the ISIL.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Michael Heath, wrong. Like fire with fire, sometimes to fight terrorism you have to commit a bunch of it yourself. And also you have to say that you don’t, that you do but it’s not, that the other side does it too, then that you do but it is and it was justified because it kept you safe from the people who were recruited in part because you did it and that it worked and even if it didn’t work it still worked and that you’d do it again if given the chance. That’s just common sense.

  • http://cycleninja.blogspot.com cycleninja

    As a non-theist, I don’t believe in hell. But for some people, I hold out hope.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Modus, you forgot, “and that you did it and maybe it didn’t work but issuing a report about it will make America look bad and embolden our enemies and we’re awesome, we’re just the awesomest.”

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Bruce Jessen, one of the two psychologists whose firm made $81 million for designing the failed and barbaric torture program for the CIA, had to step down as a Mormon bishop…

    But don’t hold out on us the most important detail of all: Did the Church get its tithe?

  • thebookofdave

    “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints cannot, in good conscience, become a haven for human rights abusers and profiteers of war crimes,” a national spokesman for the Mormon church explained. “Due to his past work related to interrogation techniques, the church is forced to initiate excommunication proceedings against Mr. Jessen.”

    Oops! ‘Scuse me…daydreaming out loud again.

  • Sastra

    Bruce Jessen, one of the two psychologists whose firm made $81 million for designing the failed and barbaric torture program for the CIA, had to step down as a Mormon bishop…

    Whoa. Do you mean there is an area of turpitude and evil which doesn’t involve disagreeing with the Church which will horrify and choke even Mormons??

    “I just felt it would be unfair for me to bring that controversy to a lot of other people, so I decided to step down,” Jessen told Reuters outside his home south of Spokane.

    Oh, wait. Never mind.

    The publicity might be distracting for people’s witness.

  • busterggi

    There aren’t enough landings in the world to accomodate these bishops.

  • anubisprime

    Fuckin’ shitty psychologists are so freakin’ sharp they turn out to be Mormon…whatever happened to ‘heal thy self physician’?

    Truly an abysmal, if not to say devastating, indictment of the Mormon scam religion…

    There is no such thing as harmless religion, it poisons absolutely everything!