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'I'd get up today and do it again': CIA interrogator defends waterboarding in 9/11 trial hearing


Added 01-21-20 11:23:02pm EST - “GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba ?" The architect of the CIA's enhanced interrogation program sparred on Tuesday with a defense lawyer during a military court appearance in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “'I’d get up today and do it again': CIA interrogator defends waterboarding in 9/11 trial hearing”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba — The architect of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program sparred on Tuesday with a defense lawyer during a military court appearance in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

James Mitchell, a clinical psychologist for the Air Force who designed the harsh interrogation techniques the agency used after 9/11, defended his actions.

Mitchell recounted being asked by CIA officials to design the program, called torture by critics, in June 2002.

“In my mind, there was a genuine threat … and it would be a dereliction of my moral obligation to protect American lives if that was outweighed the temporary discomfort of terrorists who had taken up arms against us … and whatever personal consequences I’d face,” Mitchell said during his first day of testimony in the pretrial hearings for five men accused of plotting the attack that killed more than 3,000 Americans. “I’d get up today and do it again.”

Mitchell, along with Bruce Jessen, formed a company to manage the controversial program and were paid $81 million.

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