By Elaine Magliaro
Paul Blumenthal and Christina Wilkie published an article Tuesday night at Huffington Post about two psychologists who worked as interrogation advisers for the CIA. The two men helped the government agency “implement its brutal interrogation program targeting detainees in the war on terror…” According to the Senate torture report, the psychologists were generously remunerated for services rendered. They were paid $81 million.
Blumenthal and Wilkie:
The contract psychologists are identified with pseudonyms — Grayson Swigert and Hammond Dunbar — like most of the individuals named in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA program. Published reports dating back to 2007, however, identify the two men as James Elmer Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, both former members of the military.
According to the documents released Tuesday, Mitchell and Jessen — aka Swigert and Dunbar — played a key role in this grim chapter of American history.
Blumenthal and Wilkie said that the torture report “details how Swigert and Dunbar traveled the world for the CIA…” They were said to have devised and carried out “interrogations using tactics that meet widely accepted definitions of torture.” In addition, the two psychologists “were also entrusted with judging whether their methods were successful.” The authors of the HuffPo article said the advisers, unsurprisingly, “reported to their CIA bosses that their methods were crucial to persuading prisoners to divulge high-value information.” For six years, beginning in 2002, Swigert and Dunbar “operated what amounted to a feedback loop of torture, coming up with new ways to inflict pain on detainees and then convincing CIA brass that the harsh tactics had worked.”
Blumenthal and Wilkie:
Although Jessen has previously said that a confidentiality agreement prevents him from discussing his work for the CIA, the two men in 2007 issued a statement saying, “The advice we have provided, and the actions we have taken have been legal and ethical.” They added, “We are proud of the work we have done for our country.”
Click here to read the full text of Blumenthal and Wilkie’s article Architects Of CIA Torture Program Raked In $81 Million, Report Reveals.