Psychologists Open a Window on Brutal C.I.A. Interrogations


From The New York Times: Two psychologists, Drs. John Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell, who played a role in developing C.I.A. interrogation techniques widely viewed as torture, are defendants in a lawsuit filed on behalf of former C.I.A. detainees. Their depositions reveal new insights into the enhanced interrogation program.

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  1. How can I make an intelligent comment when they don’t say what information they were after or what these guys were supposedly involved with. I could have been really evil like radiation or germs to attack civilians or just tactical military stuff like where they stashed some ammo for duking it out on the battlefield how do I know they don’t say why they were doing this torture stuff.

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  2. This torturing bit is hardly a brilliant concept, as it’s easily defeated by using “dead” agents, as Sun Tzu called them 2400 years ago. The dead agent is given false information and set up for capture by the enemy. When the information is revealed under torture, the enemy acts on it, and when he realizes he’s been deceived, he becomes enraged and executes the agent, hence the title.

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