Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Dumb and Dumber (Part II)

Following up on my post Dumb and Dumber from 2014, word comes today of psychology's Glimmer Twins, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, and their depositions in a civil suit against them and their shady practices that led to the War on Terror's more ignominious torture practices back in 2002.

Fifteen years after he helped devise the brutal interrogation techniques used on terrorism suspects in secret C.I.A. prisons, John Bruce Jessen, a former military psychologist, expressed ambivalence about the program.
He described himself and a fellow military psychologist, James Mitchell, as reluctant participants in using the techniques, some of which are widely viewed as torture, but also justified the practices as effective in getting resistant detainees to cooperate.
“I think any normal, conscionable man would have to consider carefully doing something like this,” Dr. Jessen said in a newly disclosed deposition. “I deliberated with great, soulful torment about this, and obviously I concluded that it could be done safely or I wouldn’t have done it.”
The two psychologists — whom C.I.A. officials have called architects of the interrogation program, a designation they dispute — are defendants in the only lawsuit that may hold participants accountable for causing harm.
Read the story and watch the excerpts from their depositions (I particularly like the one dope's response about the insult slap: "It's discombobulating, sure, but it doesn't hurt.").

Frankly, I think nailed these two "clinical psychologists" accurately back in 2014:
These clowns, in the face of overwhelming expert opinion showing these techniques could not and would not ever produce actionable intelligence, nonetheless were the architects of some of the most brutal actions ever taken by U.S. personnel against foreign enemies.
The trial in September is sure to be an interesting one. We'll watch and report the verdict come fall.

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