Tuesday, March 22, 2011

From Truthout

EXCLUSIVE: CIA Psychologist's Notes Reveal True Purpose Behind Bush's Torture Program

by: Jason Leopold and Jeffrey Kaye, t r u t h o u t | Investigative Report
EXCLUSIVE: CIA Psychologist's Notes Reveal True Purpose Behind 
Bush's Torture Program
This diagram was included in a paper written by Dr. Bruce Jessen's and shows his view of the conflicting psychological pressures bearing down on a prisoner who is held captive by an enemy. (Click here to view full image.)
Dr. Bruce Jessen's handwritten notes describe some of the torture techniques that were used to "exploit" "war on terror" detainees in custody of the CIA and Department of Defense.
Bush administration officials have long asserted that the torture techniques used on "war on terror" detainees were utilized as a last resort in an effort to gain actionable intelligence to thwart pending terrorist attacks against the United States and its interests abroad.
But the handwritten notes obtained exclusively by Truthout drafted two decades ago by Dr. John Bruce Jessen, the psychologist who was under contract to the CIA and credited as being one of the architects of the government's top-secret torture program, tell a dramatically different story about the reasons detainees were brutalized and it was not just about obtaining intelligence. Rather, as Jessen's notes explain, torture was used to "exploit" detainees, that is, to break them down physically and mentally, in order to get them to "collaborate" with government authorities. Jessen's notes emphasize how a "detainer" uses the stresses of detention to produce the appearance of compliance in a prisoner. 
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1 comment:

mythopolis said...

" to produce the appearance of compliance"

"People don't do what they believe in, they do what is convenient, and then they repent..." Dylan.

And now, Bush, busy with his 'memoirs' tries to re-write history and chuckles about the past...sorry to be so venomous in my comment, but, he will always remain an asshole in my mind. He is/was an embarrassment to this country in my mind. I was in Europe during his presidency, and I felt always apologetic...yeh, the guy is an idiot, but it is a great country nonetheless.