Hearing Set in Lawsuit Against CIA Interrogation Program

Protest against US prison at Guantanamo Bay. (photo: Getty)
Protest against US prison at Guantanamo Bay. (photo: Getty)


teleSUR | Reader Supported News | April 22, 2016

The case came after a U.S. Senate report from 2014 found the CIA paid $80 million to a company run by two former U.S. Air Force psychologists.

ttorneys for two former military psychologists who developed the CIA’s Bush-era interrogation program will ask a federal court in Washington state on Friday to dismiss a lawsuit brought by former U.S. prisoners who allege they were tortured.

The case in U.S. court in Spokane marks a step forward in efforts by rights groups to hold individuals accountable for a program that used methods its architects said stopped short of torture but that the American Civil Liberties Union said resulted in the torture of at least 119 men from 2002 until it was ended in 2008.

The ACLU, which filed the lawsuit last October on behalf of three men, one of whom died in CIA custody, argued that psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen encouraged the agency “to adopt torture as official policy” and made millions of dollars in the process.

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