Today in History for March 1st

Highlights of Today in History: Lindbergh baby kidnapped; Khalid Sheikh Mohammed caught in Pakistan; Bobby Sands begins hunger strike; JFK creates Peace Corps; Ron Howard born. (March 1)

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Dr. James Mitchell On High Value Detainees: The Architect (Extra Scene 2)

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The Senate Intelligence Committee has released a blistering, 500-page report on the CIA’s controversial detention and interrogation program, a document that committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said represents the most significant oversight effort in the history of the US Senate.

The $40 million, five-year study concluded that CIA officials exaggerated the value of the intelligence they gleaned from dozens of “high-value detainees” held at black site prisons, where they were subjected to so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” such as sleep deprivation and waterboarding.

The committee reviewed more than 6 million pages of top-secret CIA documents and found that “two contract psychologists devised the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques and played a central role in the operation, assessments, and management of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program.” Mitchell is one of the psychologists. He is identified in the Senate report with the pseudonym Grayson Swigert. The report said “CIA Headquarters chose the most coercive interrogation option, which was proposed and supported by CIA contractor SWIGERT.”

A day after the Senate released its report, VICE News released ‘The Architect’, a documentary on Mitchell. In the interview, which took place prior to the release of the Senate report and marks the first time Mitchell spoke on-camera to a news organization after 9/11, he was confronted with questions about his role in the enhanced interrogation program — but he declined to give answers due to his non-disclosure agreement with the CIA.

Following the release of the Senate report and VICE News’ interview with him, Mitchell was bombarded with media inquiries and was the subject of dozens of news reports. Late Wednesday, he was informed by the CIA that he could now confirm that he was under contract to the agency and “that [he] was part of the enhanced interrogation program.”

According to the Senate report, Mitchell is the CIA contractor who personally waterboarded alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Read “Psychologist James Mitchell Admits He Waterboarded al Qaeda Suspects” – http://bit.ly/1zoSmA8

Read “Exclusive: Psychologist Not Named In Torture Report Confirms His Role in CIA Interrogation Program” – http://bit.ly/1wjzN0u

Read “CIA Director John Brennan Criticizes Senate Report, Defends Agency, and Admits Mistakes” – http://bit.ly/1Gksj0j

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“You Can’t Trust Congress”: The Architect (Extra Scene 1)

Watch “The Architect” – http://bit.ly/12XkkqX

Watch “Dr. James Mitchell On High Value Detainees (Extra Scene 2)” – http://bit.ly/1zYynts

The Senate Intelligence Committee has released a blistering, 500-page report on the CIA’s controversial detention and interrogation program, a document that committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said represents the most significant oversight effort in the history of the US Senate.

The $40 million, five-year study concluded that CIA officials exaggerated the value of the intelligence they gleaned from dozens of “high-value detainees” held at black site prisons, where they were subjected to so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” such as sleep deprivation and waterboarding.

The committee reviewed more than 6 million pages of top-secret CIA documents and found that “two contract psychologists devised the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques and played a central role in the operation, assessments, and management of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program.” Mitchell is one of the psychologists. He is identified in the Senate report with the pseudonym Grayson Swigert. The report said “CIA Headquarters chose the most coercive interrogation option, which was proposed and supported by CIA contractor SWIGERT.”

A day after the Senate released its report, VICE News released ‘The Architect’, a documentary on Mitchell. In the interview, which took place prior to the release of the Senate report and marks the first time Mitchell spoke on-camera to a news organization after 9/11, he was confronted with questions about his role in the enhanced interrogation program — but he declined to give answers due to his non-disclosure agreement with the CIA.

Following the release of the Senate report and VICE News’ interview with him, Mitchell was bombarded with media inquiries and was the subject of dozens of news reports. Late Wednesday, he was informed by the CIA that he could now confirm that he was under contract to the agency and “that [he] was part of the enhanced interrogation program.”

According to the Senate report, Mitchell is the CIA contractor who personally waterboarded alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Read “Exclusive: Psychologist Not Named In Torture Report Confirms His Role in CIA Interrogation Program” – http://bit.ly/1wjzN0u

Read “CIA Director John Brennan Criticizes Senate Report, Defends Agency, and Admits Mistakes” – http://bit.ly/1Gksj0j

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VICE News Exclusive: The Architect of the CIA’s Enhanced Interrogation Program, James Mitchell

Watch “‘You Can’t Trust Congress’: The Architect (Extra Scene 1)” – http://bit.ly/1uK0wOq

Watch “Dr. James Mitchell On High Value Detainees (Extra Scene 2)” – http://bit.ly/1zYynts

The Senate Intelligence Committee has released a blistering, 500-page report on the CIA’s controversial detention and interrogation program, a document that committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said represents the most significant oversight effort in the history of the US Senate.

The $40 million, five-year study concluded that CIA officials exaggerated the value of the intelligence they gleaned from dozens of “high-value detainees” held at black site prisons, where they were subjected to so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” such as sleep deprivation and waterboarding.

The committee reviewed more than 6 million pages of top-secret CIA documents and found that the architect of the interrogation program was a retired Air Force psychologist named James Mitchell, an agency contractor who — according to news reports — personally waterboarded alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The Senate report does not identify Mitchell by name.

Mitchell has a signed a non-disclosure agreement with the CIA and was unable to discuss his alleged role in the agency’s enhanced interrogation program, but VICE News met up with him in suburban Florida to discuss the Senate’s report and one of the darkest chapters of the war on terror. This is the first time Mitchell has ever appeared on camera.

Editor’s note: One week after this video was released the restrictions on Mitchell’s non-disclosure agreement were loosened. In an exclusive follow-up interview with VICE News, Mitchell admitted that he was the interrogator who personally waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, al Qaeda facilitator Abu Zubaydah, and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the accused mastermind behind the USS Cole bombing – http://bit.ly/1zoSmA8

Read “Community Outreach — Not ‘Enhanced Interrogation’ — Might Be the Best Way to Stop Terror Attacks” – http://bit.ly/1yzJMMh

Read “What $300 Million Bought the CIA’s ‘Detention and Interrogation’ Program” – http://bit.ly/1Byh30p

Read “Senate Torture Report Finds the CIA Was Less Effective and More Brutal Than Anyone Knew“ – http://bit.ly/165G0n5

Read “UN Official Wants US Administrators Involved in Torture to Be Prosecuted” – http://bit.ly/1D9qy87

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VICE News Exclusive: The Architect of the CIA’s Enhanced Interrogation Program (Trailer)

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The Senate Intelligence Committee has today released a blistering, 500-page report on the CIA’s controversial detention and interrogation program, a document that committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said represents the most significant oversight effort in the history of the US Senate.

The $40 million, five-year study concluded that CIA officials exaggerated the value of the intelligence they gleaned from dozens of “high-value detainees” held at black site prisons, where they were subjected to so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” such as sleep deprivation and waterboarding.

The committee reviewed more than 6 million pages of top-secret CIA documents and found that the architect of the interrogation program was a retired Air Force psychologist named James Mitchell, an agency contractor who — according to news reports — personally waterboarded alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The Senate report does not identify Mitchell by name. He is referred to as “Contractor A” throughout the executive summary.

Mitchell has a signed a non-disclosure agreement with the CIA and was unable to discuss his role in the agency’s enhanced interrogation program, but Vice News met up with him in suburban Florida to discuss the Senate’s report and one of the darkest chapters of the war on terror. This is the first time Mitchell has ever appeared on camera.

Read “Security Heightened at US Embassies Ahead of CIA Torture Report Release” – http://bit.ly/1yyCXKQ

Watch “Jailed Al Jazeera Journalist Abdullah Elshamy Speaks Out: The VICE News Interview” – http://bit.ly/1yyDLzc

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