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New Report Accuses CIA Doctors of Experimenting on Detainees

By | 06.07.10 | 8:51 am

Physicians for Human Rights, an anti-torture non-governmental association, synthesizes a bunch of publicly available information to draw a gruesome conclusion: Medical personnel who participated in the Bush administration’s “enhanced interrogations” for terrorism detainees are guilty of “complicity in intentionally harmful interrogation practices [that] were not only apparently intended to enable More…

Mitchell & Jessen Wanted Abu Zuabydah to Think He Was Being Buried Alive

By | 02.25.10 | 10:34 am

Marcy Wheeler conducts an invaluable close reading of the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility report, released on Friday, and finds that the SERE psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen whom CIA contracted in 2001 to advise them on how to interrogate al-Qaeda detainees recommended a horrific technique:



Abu Zubaydah, Torture and Conflicts of Interest

By | 08.26.09 | 11:52 am

Marcy Wheeler has a typically excellent post going through a remarkable annex to the 2004 CIA inspector general’s torture report: the psychological profile prepared (probably by former SERE psychologist James Mitchell) of Abu Zubaydah, the first detainee to be subjected to what would become the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program. More…

Mitchell, Jessen & Abu Zubaydah: ‘You’ve Lost Your Spine’

By | 07.20.09 | 8:54 am

Joby Warrick and Peter Finn’s Washington Post account of the 2002 torture of Abu Zubaydah is the most detailed and nuanced journalistic report to date of how two contract psychologists, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, who were experienced in the Survival Evasion Resistance Escape program, ended up decisively influencing More…

Interrogation Contracts That the CIA Won’t Let You See

By | 07.07.09 | 2:01 pm

This is my favorite rejection under the Freedom of Information Act ever.

In May, following a wealth of disclosures about the role of the Survival Evasion Resistence Escape program, which trains U.S. troops to resist torture, in shaping the Defense Department and the CIA’s interrogation programs under the Bush More…

Gonzo and Torture

By | 05.21.09 | 8:41 am

So Ari Shapiro’s NPR story yesterday placed then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales — a.k.a. God‘s gift to Talking Points Memo — at the center of the decision to torture Abu Zubaydah in the spring of 2002. Gonzales didn’t respond to Shapiro’s request for comment. But More…

James Mitchell Asked, ‘Please Can I Torture Abu Zubaydah?’; Did Alberto Gonzales Say Yes?

By | 05.20.09 | 5:54 pm

Ex-FBI agent Ali Soufan’s account of the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah is roughly this: he and several other interrogators from both FBI and CIA objected to the application of torture techniques from at least April to June 2002 (after which point Soufan left the interrogation team) from a More…

Congressional Disclosure on Torture as Internecine Combat

By | 05.13.09 | 11:57 am

Philip Zelikow details an argument that was “deployed against me” when he opposed torture in the Bush administration: “We briefed the following members of Congress — name name name name name name name — and they didn’t have a problem with this.”

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) brought the point up More…

More on Soufan & CIA vs. James Mitchell

By | 05.13.09 | 11:52 am

More on that last point, building on something Soufan just said. The top CIA interrogator at the Abu Zubaydah interrogation was “100 percent in sync with the FBI view” about how to interrogate the al-Qaeda detainee without torturing him “because he’s a professional More…