One of the two military psychologists who created the “enhanced” interrogation techniques used by the CIA in the years after 9/11 testified earlier this year that CIA officials called them “pussies” when they wanted to stop waterboarding detainees, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

The two psychologists, Drs. John Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell, are currently being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of some of the former detainees.

“‘You guys have lost your spine.’ I think the word that was actually used is that you guys are pussies. There was going to be another attack in America and the blood of dead civilians are going to be on your hands,” Mitchell said CIA officials told him and Jessen when they asked to stop waterboarding detainees.


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