Former US Air Force psychologist Dr. James Mitchell, who helped devise and carry out torture sessions with terrorist prisoners, staged an impassioned defense last night of the interrogations, telling host Fox News host Megyn Kelly that his work saved lives and, in fact, he was given an award for it.
Mitchell said he was never contacted by the Senate Intelligence Committee to respond to charges contained in their report, which condemned the practices developed by Mitchell. The report, he said, had endangered his life and that of his family.
This is truly Kafkaesque. The man, with the full knowledge and at the urging of Congress, goes to work to save this country from future savage mass attacks, and then is himself the target of attack ten years later, from Congress.
I’m sure in the future when people like Mitchell are asked to serve their country in difficult or controversial – but necessary – ways, they’ll think twice before helping out.