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It Wasn't Just Torture, It Was Experimentation on Human Beings

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The American people have become blase about the idea of torture. But how do they feel about the fact that the CIA did human experimentation on the helpless prisoners held in their dungeons?

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Human experimentation was a core feature of the CIA's torture program. The experimental nature of the interrogation and detention techniques is clearly evident in the Senate Intelligence Committee's executive summary of its investigative report...

At the helm of this human experimentation project were two psychologists hired by the CIA, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen....

Mitchell and Jessen's qualifications did not include interrogation experience, specialized knowledge about Al Qaeda or relevant cultural or linguistic knowledge. What they had was Air Force experience in studying the effects of torture on American prisoners of war, as well as a curiosity about whether theories of 'learned helplessness" derived from experiments on dogs might work on human enemies.

To implement those theories, Mitchell and Jessen oversaw or personally engaged in techniques intended to produce "debility, disorientation and dread." Their "theory" had a particular means-ends relationship that is not well understood, as Mitchell testily explained in an interview on Vice News: "The point of the bad cop is to get the bad guy to talk to the good cop." In other words, "enhanced interrogation techniques"...do not themselves produce useful information; rather, they produce the condition of total submission that will facilitate extraction of actionable intelligence.

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