Sunday, March 27, 2011


If you have not seen this piece by Jason Leopold and Jeff it now.
Based on the handwritten notes by a man that has often been described as the architect of the psychological torture inflicted on the men at Guantanamo-and who knows where else....Bruce Jessen.
From the article:

"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. "

And boy I would love to see that other report mentioned in the article "prisoner handling recommendations."
This article goes a long way in explaining what many of us have witnessed in the men we are representing at Guantanamo and it is one more distressing piece of the war crimes being carried out by my country.

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