One of the men who helped build and implement the CIA's torture program said he would 'get up today and do it again'

Business Insider | 1/22/2020 | Isaac Scher
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James Mitchell, one of the architects of the CIA's "enhanced interrogation techniques," appeared at a hearing of several Guantánamo prisoners on Tuesday.

Mitchell testified about the torture program he developed, which included waterboarding, rectal feeding, and hanging inmates from the ceiling.

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The psychologist told the court he believed his "moral duty to protect American lives outweighed the feelings of discomfort of terrorist" and that he would "get up today and do it again."

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James Mitchell, one of the minds behind the Central Intelligence Agency's "enhanced interrogation techniques," or torture program, testified on Tuesday that he would "do it again".

"Let me tell you just so you know," he said from the witness stand during a hearing at a US military court in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, "I'd get up today and do it again."

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Mitchell and his colleague John "Bruce" Jessen, both psychologists, were first contacted by the CIA in 2002. At the time, Jessen was working for the Pentagon, where he taught special commandos how to resist and endure torture. The pair were paid $81 million over several years to build and implement a torture program.

During the Tuesday hearing, which was held in connection with a trial for five al-Qaeda members accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks, the psychologists sat just feet away from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a man Mitchell and Jessen personally waterboarded 183 times in 2003. Mitchell's was the first testimony of the trial to describe the torture program.

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Mitchell testified at the request of the defense, who sought to show that the interrogations...
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