Another thought based on the latest issue of Sunstone. Boyd Peterson wrote,
The ways this paradox has influenced individual mormons have recently found their way into the news. In July 2007, Vanity Fair published an article that disclosed the fact that the two authors of the new torture techniques being practiced by CIA interrogators are both mormon psychologists: James Elmer Mitchell and Bruce Jessen – who, because of their shared religion, were referred to by colleagues as the “Mormon mafia.” In addition to devising or adapting the new information extraction techniques, Mitchell and Jessen also were put in charge of training interrogators in these new techniques – including “water boarding” – at CIA “black sites” throughout the world… Kleinman (an Air Force Reserve colonel and expert in military intelligence) feels that Mitchell and Jessen “have caused more harm to American national security than they’ll ever understand.”
Is there something about Mormonism that makes these actions more understandable?
Also, can you imagine confessing this to your bishop…
James Elmer Mitchell sits down in his bishop’s office, “Bishop Anderson, I need to confess that I am indirectly responsible for the declining status of the US and probably the deaths of dozens, if not hundreds of people around the world. What’s more, I have indirectly caused irreparable harm to thousands of people who have, literally, been tortured.”
Bishop Anderson responds, “Well, James, I don’t see anywhere in Mormon doctrine or the Handbook where it says torturing people or developing torture techniques is a crime. So, no reason to feel guilty. Remember, we live by the letter of the law, not the spirit of the law.”
Mitchell, relieved, replies, “Good to know, bishop. Now, about my temple recommend…”