One of the things revealed by the Senate Intelligence Committee torture report that we didn’t know previously was that the two psychologists who developed the torture program for the CIA were apparently paid $80 million. Neither of them has lost their license because the American Psychological Association has no spine.
The two psychologists contracted by the CIA to design the enhanced interrogation techniques used against al Qaeda suspects were paid more than $80 million, even though they were never themselves interrogators, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s “torture report,” released today — a report that one of the psychologists told ABC News was “bulls**t.”
“On the CIA’s behalf, the contract psychologists developed theories of interrogation based on ‘learned helplessness,’ and developed the list of enhanced interrogation techniques that was approved for use against [al Qaeda operative] Abu Zubaydah and subsequent CIA detainees,” the report says, referring to the list of techniques that included slapping captives and waterboarding, among others. “By 2005, the CIA had overwhelmingly outsourced operations related to the program.”
In 2009, ABC News identified the psychologists as former military officers Jim Mitchell and Bruce Jessen…
Both Mitchell and Jessen declined to speak with ABC News for the 2009 report, but today Mitchell said that he believed the Senate report to be politically-motivated “bulls**t”.
“I think it’s despicable that they cherry-picked all of that stuff,” Mitchell told ABC News, while insisting that he could not confirm nor deny his involvement in the program due to a nondisclosure agreement. “There were a lot of men and women in the CIA who put their lives on the line, and some of them died after 9/11 protecting the United States. And to suggest that they lied to the President, that they lied to the Senate, that they falsified intel reports so they could make a program look better than it was, is despicable.”“The men and women of the CIA put their lives on the line, put their personal lives on hold, and sacrificed for this country. And now at last, before they leave, dump this steaming load of crap out?” Mitchell said.
Nice attempt to deflect. We know for a fact that the CIA lied to Congress. They lied to Congress even after being caught lying to Congress and being caught spying on Senate staffers putting together the report. Seriously, how could any human being say with a straight face that they’re furious that someone would dare to accuse the CIA — the fucking CIA — of lying. Lying is what the CIA does, for crying out loud. And yeah, they “cherry-picked” just those few hundred thousand documents that were included in the investigation. Because it’s the the rotten few million apples that spoil the barrel for the few good ones.
Mitchell declined to comment on the reported $81 million, but further described his feelings about the report:
“It’s like somebody backed up to your driveway and dumped a steaming pile of horse crap,” he told ABC News.
How terrible for you. You must feel tortured over it.