Shrink Waterboard 'Experts' Racked Up $1K a Day

Operation's architects lacked training in conducting interrogations, say CIS records
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted May 1, 2009 4:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – Two US psychologists with no training in conducting interrogations boasted of earning $1000 a day designing and helping to implement use of waterboarding techniques on CIA detainees, reports ABC News. Bruce Jessen and Jim Mitchell, former military officers, are considered the architects of the interrogation operation that Barack Obama has labeled torture.

The CIA later discovered that the pair's waterboarding "expertise" was likely "misrepresented," raising serious concerns about whether the method was safe or effective, according to agency documents obtained by ABC. The men, who operate their private firm Mitchell Jessen and Associates out of Spokane, Wash., refused to comment.