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Teach The CIA How To Treat Detainees Like Dogs, Get Paid

by Patrick Appel

This morning's damning profile of psychologists Jim Mitchell and Bruce Jessen tells us much that we already knew about the practice of learned helplessness in CIA interrogation. But this disclosure is new and disturbing:

[Dr. Mitchell and Dr. Jessen] were paid $1,000 to $2,000 a day apiece, one official said...The company’s C.I.A. contracts are classified, but their total was well into the millions of dollars. In 2007 in a suburb of Tampa, Fla., Dr. Mitchell built a house with a swimming pool, now valued at $800,000.