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Taxes going to defend the "architects" of the CIA's interrogation program currently under FEDERAL INVESTIGATION, thoughts?

WASHINGTON – The CIA agreed to cover at least $5 million in legal fees for two contractors who were the architects of the agency's interrogation program and personally conducted dozens of waterboarding sessions on terror detainees, former U.S. officials said.

The secret agreement means taxpayers are paying to defend the men in a federal investigation over an interrogation tactic the U.S. now says is torture. The deal is even more generous than the protections the agency typically provides its own officers, giving the two men access to more money to finance their defense.

It has long been known that psychologists Jim Mitchell and Bruce Jessen created the CIA's interrogation program. But former U.S. intelligence officials said Mitchell and Jessen also repeatedly subjected terror suspects inside CIA-run secret prisons to waterboarding, a simulated drowning tactic.

The revelation of the contractors' involvement is the first known confirmation of any individuals who conducted waterboarding at the so-called black sites, underscoring just how much the agency relied on outside help in its most sensitive interrogations.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 10:25 AM on Dec. 17, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101217/ap_on_re_us/us_cia_waterboarding


    The revelation of the contractors' involvement is the first known confirmation of any individuals who conducted waterboarding at the so-called black sites, underscoring just how much the agency relied on outside help in its most sensitive interrogations.


    Normally, CIA officers buy insurance to cover possible legal bills. It costs about $300 a year for $1 million in coverage. Today, the CIA pays the premiums for most officers, but at the height of the war on terrorism, officers had to pay half.

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 10:26 AM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • They need to be prosecuted. What do they mean about us taxpayers funding their defense? I don't want to fund their defense. If they practice terrorism on prisoners by waterboard,I say throw them in jail.
    kerp1960

    Answer by kerp1960 at 11:11 AM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • Talk about a racket. Taxes paid them, is paying for their defenda AND for the investigation
    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 11:36 AM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Taxes pay for defense every day. Why does it only bother you this time?
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:59 AM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Taxes pay for defense every day. Why does it only bother you this time?


    Federal dollars are paying for everything from their salaries to the fed investigation to their crime they are being investigated for ...and there is this...


    Normally, CIA officers buy insurance to cover possible legal bills. It costs about $300 a year for $1 million in coverage. Today, the CIA pays the premiums for most officers, but at the height of the war on terrorism, officers had to pay half.

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 12:31 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

  • I guess I don't see the big deal here. We pay legal fees for all kinds of people. We can't pick and choose who we give legal help to based on what the trial is about.

    Innocent until proven guilty?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:58 PM on Dec. 17, 2010

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