I happened to hear this report by Ami Goodman last night:

* The Story of Mitchell Jessen & Associates: How a Team of Psychologists in Spokane, WA, Helped Develop the CIA’s Torture Techniques *

We broadcast from Spokane, Washington, less than three miles from the headquarters of a secretive CIA contractor that played a key role in developing the Bush administration’s interrogation methods. The firm, Mitchell Jessen & Associates, is named after the two military psychologists who founded the company, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. Beginning in 2002, the CIA hired the psychologists to train interrogators in brutal techniques, including waterboarding, sleep deprivation and pain. We speak with three journalists who have closely followed the story.

Listen/Watch/Read
http://www.democracynow.org/2009/4/21/the_story_of_mitchell_jessen_associates

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and today’s New York Times Lead story completes this grim tale of torture authorized by Bush on down (“In Adopting Harsh Tactics, No Inquiry Into Past Use.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/22/us/politics/22detain.html?_r=1&ref=us

It looks as though the fat is in the fire and one wonders where we shall be going from here. I am relieved that the truth is out. I am not a retributivist, but at the very least this shameful truth must be told.

Ed Kent

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