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God Appoints Waterboarder to High Church Office

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Should playing a major role in the implementation of interrogation tactics that are broadly criticized as inhumane and torturous bar you from leading a flock of faithful Christians?

Don't be silly. Of course not.

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The Spokesman-Review this morning reports on Bruce Jessen, "a Spokane psychologist who helped develop controversial interrogation methods" including "sleep deprivation and waterboarding" for the CIA.

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.

The top ethicist for the Southern Baptists - a former aide to the Bush White House -- told Christianity Today that waterboarding violated "everything we stand for."

So what gives for Jessen's appointment in Spokane? A representative of the church said talk to the man upstairs.

Mormons believe their bishops are called by God, and Lee said he has had nominees rejected by congregations and by church officials in Salt Lake City. "God's perfect. We're rank amateurs," Lee said.

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