One of the men who shaped the CIA’s interrogation program for terrorist suspects broke his silence Monday. Dr. James Mitchell sat down for an in-depth interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” to discuss his interrogation techniques and the controversy surrounding the Senate Democrats’ report on them. Speaking on the interrogation of Muhammed Hussein Abu Zubaydah, a Saudi with known ties to chief 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheik Muhammed, Mitchell told Kelly that he “initially was in a background role.” But after Zubaydah “shut down” he participated in waterboarding him and said American officials had no choice but to resort to those measures. Mitchell said Americans shouldn’t trust the Senate Democrats who went into the investigation “with an agenda, with something they decided they were going to find already,” but instead trust the reports written by members of the CIA that were not meant to be seen by the public but were released at the request of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Mitchell also told Kelly the he has been getting death threats and fears for his life. “I do not mind giving my life for my country, but I do mind giving my life for a food fight for political reasons between two groups of people who should be able to work it out like adults,” he said.
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