The design of interrogation by contractors

Among many controversial CIA actions described in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s new report on the post-9/11 detention and interrogation program is the award of an $81 million multi-year contract to access advice on pain infliction from two psychologists.

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The contract psychologists developed theories of interrogation based on “learned helplessness” and developed the list of enhanced interrogation techniques, even conducting them personally, the intelligence committee report said.

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In 2007, the CIA provided a multi-year indemnification agreement to protect the company and its employees from legal liability arising out of the program, an agreement that has cost the CIA $1 million so far, according to the Senate staff.

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Fischetti noted that “black contracts” are given less oversight and may not adhere to the Federal Acquisition Regulation, which would require supporting documentation and recognized regional compensation survey data.

Source: Govexec.