AP: CIA promised $5M in legal fees for psychologists who waterboarded detainees!Submitted by BleuCream013 on Fri, 12/17/2010 - 17:15
Judges and Jury, get those ropes ready: say hello to Nuremberg 2.0.
Officials: CIA gave waterboarders $5M legal shield
Officials: CIA promised $5M in legal fees for psychologists who waterboarded detainees
ADAM GOLDMAN and MATT APUZZO
Dec 17, 2010 06:30 EST
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.
RAWstory blurb, via AP wire.