One Of The Psychologists Who Designed The CIA’s ‘Enhanced Interrogation Techniques’: I Would Have Done It Again
One Of The Psychologists Who Designed The CIA’s ‘Enhanced Interrogation Techniques’: I Would Have Done It Again Contracted psychologists responsible for designing and implementing the US Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) ‘advanced interrogation techniques’ began to testify at the military court in Guantanamo Bay.
“I would do it again,” said the psychologist James Mitchell, who did not regret at the preliminary hearing of the September 11 Case, according to the New York Times newspaper, said on Tuesday.
After the September 11 attacks, where 2,777 people died, 5 defendants held in Guantanamo Prison, founded by former US President George W. Bush, were also present at the court.
The torture methods employed by Mitchell and his colleague Bruce Jessen include keeping them underwater, putting them in small boxes, and putting them to sleep.
Among those prosecuted is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was accused of being the architect of the attacks in 2001 in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania.
Mohammed, a Pakistani radical Islamist, said he was tortured at the Guantanamo prison in Cuba. CIA documents also confirmed that Mohammed had been subjected 183 times to a form of torture that had a drowning effect.
It is known that four other defendants, Valid bin Attash, Remzi bin al Shibh, Ammar el Belushi and Mustafa el Havsavi, who were brought to the court, were also questioned by the CIA in a place called ‘black area’ in different countries before being taken to the USA.
According to the New York Times, the families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks also followed a secluded hearing behind a veil in the courtroom.
According to the newspaper’s report, psychologist Mitchell said in a testimony that he did not regret and stated that he did this for the American people with his eyes full.
“I think my moral duty to protect Americans is superior to the discomfort of the terrorists who voluntarily wind up against us,” said Mitchell.
“You have been telling unrealistic and malicious things to me and to Doctor Jessen for years,” Mitchell said, referring to the defendants.
According to journalists, the accused listened to the statements without showing any signs of emotion.
These 5 defendants will be tried for war crimes, including ‘terrorism’ and ‘nearly 3 thousand murders’. They could face the death penalty if found guilty.
Mitchell noted that interrogation with pressurized water and other methods of ‘coercive physical repression’ were developed in an environment dominated by fears that Al Qaeda would launch another nuclear attack on the United States or another aircraft.
The trial of the defendants in a court-martial will begin on January 11, 2021.
Mitchell and Jessen have been requested by Al-Belushi‘s lawyers to testify, but they are expected to be asked questions by all of their defense attorneys.
Among the centers where the defendants were tortured is the ‘black area’ in Thailand, which was once under the direction of Gina Haspel, who is now CIA Director.
How were the September 11 attacks carried out?
On September 1, 2001, a total of 19 hijackers hijacked four passenger planes taking off at approximately the same time.
One of those planes crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York and another into the south tower.
The towers caught fire after the planes crashed, and about two hours later both towers collapsed, leaving 1.8 million tons of debris behind.
George W., president of the United States at the time, made a statement shortly after the second plane also hit the tower. Bush called the incident a “terrorist attack.”
A few minutes after that announcement, another passenger plane crashed into the western side of the U.S. Department of Defense (Pentagon).
The fourth hijacked plane crashed into a vacant lot in the state of Pennsylvania. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Remzi bin al-Shibh testified that the target of the last plane was the U.S. Congress building.
In the attacks, 2,977 people lost their lives and more than 6 thousand people were injured. The 19 hijackers who hijacked the aircraft also died.
The property damage suffered by the U.S. economy was estimated at over $ 120 billion, while the property damage caused by the attacks in New York City was more than $ 60 billion.
The September 11 attacks brought about many changes in security policies and diplomacy around the world. It is therefore described by many as” the day the world changed.”