CIA paid millions to torture advisors

CIA paid millions to torture advisors

Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:43AM GMT

The United States had paid millions of dollars to two federal contractors to design the torture tactics the CIA used for years against prisoners in covert prisons overseas.

The contractors – codenamed ‘Swigert’ and ‘Dunbar’ – provided the CIA with advice on how to interrogate individuals held captive post 9/11, according to the Senate torture report published on Tuesday.

Some of the tactics included cramped confinement, wall standing, stress positions, sleep deprivation, waterboarding, forcing detainees to wear diapers, the report said.

According to the report, two psychologist named James Elmer Mitchell and Bruce Jessen were able to make bank thanks to the money they received from the US almost a decade ago and they have continued to receive money up until now.

The two were the “sole source contract to provide operational psychologists, debriefers and security personnel at CIA detention sites,” said the Senate Intelligence Committee this week.

The contractors received over $80 million in taxpayer money in addition to $5 million in additional indemnity costs in case they incur legal costs for their help to design the program through 2021.

The report also included that they have already got $1.1 million for legal fees following the disclosure of the brutal tactics.

Among examples of consultation the contractors provided for the CIA, the report said the agency sent ‘Swigert’ to an anonymous country in 2002 and there he would initially “consult on the psychological aspects” of an interrogation planned for Abu Zubaydah – a Palestinian man who was captured in Pakistan.

On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a drastically redacted summary of its voluminous report on the CIA’s torture program during the George W. Bush administration.

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