Last weekly Dan Person posted to The Daily Weekly about Bruce Jessen, who the Spokesman Review, in an article about his recent appointment to the Mormon church's 6th Ward in Spokane, describes as a "psychologist who helped develop controversial interrogation methods" including "sleep deprivation and waterboarding" for the CIA.
As the post notes:
Jessen, a Mormon, this week was appointed bishop of the church's 6th Ward in Spokane, rendering him a "spiritual leader" who "will take confessions and help people with their personal problems."
As one could imagine, that's rankling some human-rights groups.
In 2009, Jessen faced public scrutiny when an investigation showed that he and his partner Jim Mitchell assured the CIA that waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" were safe, despite the fact that they had no "experience with al Qaeda, Islamic extremists or battlefield interrogations," ABC news reported at the time.
"And yet, more than anyone else, Mitchell and Jessen, long-time friends and colleagues, shaped the CIA's interrogation program, according to the two former CIA officials," ABC reported.
It doesn't take much poking around the Internet, or the Gospels, to find suggestions that running water over people's faces to make them feel like they are drowning probably isn't exactly in-line with Jesus' teachings.
Similarly, it didn't take long for the post to inspire a reaction from readers of The Daily Weekly.
As oh_piffle writes:
I don't see how this gentleman meets the specifications laid out for a bishop. A church is entitled to choose who it will to fill positions and people are entitled to see this fruit as they will. I for one will not look to a church that appoints spiritual leaders who have developed, participated in or promoted torture methods.