December 10, 2014
81,000,000 of Your Tax Dollars at Work

Anyone who reads the papers and cares about these things was already familiar, in general terms, with most of the horrors contained in the redacted summary of the Senate’s torture report.

But the details count, and are sufficiently gruesome to insure that we will never do such things again. Anymore than no trigger-happy cop will ever again murder an unarmed civilian.

One detail that struck me was how easy it is to con many, many, many millions of dollars out of the CIA in return for a steaming pile of horse shit. Just ask a couple of quack psychologists named James E. Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. They walked away with 81 million bucks, not bad for a couple of sociopathic clowns.

Their function was to provide advice on inflicting the maximum amount of pain without leaving marks on prisoners held by George Tenet, Dick Cheney and George W. Bush. Actually a good deal of work had already been done in this field by various Popes and Puritan divines, Hitler, Stalin, Pinochet, and on and on. More humbly, plenty of American prison guards and police detectives have more hands-on experience than Mitchell and Jessen, and work cheap. Scholarly studies in the field include The Story of O and the Marquis de Sade’s seminal work, Justine. Both are available as eBooks, at no charge.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at December 10, 2014 07:41 PM
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Immanuel Kant said that only a state which submits itself to justice can be a just state.

That's not going to happen in the US. America seems to have forgotten all the lessons it taught Nazi-Germany after WWII.

To see the self-righteousness of GW Bush, Cheney and all the other war criminals who still try to "justify" what they have done makes me want to vomit. Hey, why not send them over to The Hague to the International Criminal Court to deal with them? Oh, I forgot. This court has not been recognized by the land of the brave and the free.

And yes, I'm still mad at an electorate which made this possible and still stands behind it's Führers.

Posted by: Peter on December 11, 2014 10:32 AM

"At certain times, for example when a bomb is about to explode and 200 civilians could get hurt, it can be useful to get a person to talk with whatever means you have.”

Right? Right!

Who said that?

a) George W. Bush, once leader of the free world
b) Marine Le Pen, leader of the French fascist party Front National
c) Ambrose Bierce in "The Devil's Dictionary"

Posted by: Peter on December 11, 2014 10:42 AM

It was a television show, Peter, you know... a fantasy.

Posted by: Ten Bears on December 11, 2014 1:19 PM

Those two , so called psychologists, should never be allowed to practice again or enjoy 1 red cent of that money. They should rot in jail and lose their license to practice, just as all the medical people who facilitated the abomination should. We can't get passed this without accountability.

Posted by: Knowdoubt on December 11, 2014 2:02 PM
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