CIA Psychologists Can be Sued for Creating Torture Program, Judge Says

The CIA’s “Torture Report” has received much heated criticism, both from human rights activists and from apologists more concerned with national security.




Two CIA psychologists who devised a program of enhanced interrogation that included waterboarding and rectal feeding in secret prisons are getting sued for the first time in the US.

A civil lawsuit alleges that two CIA contract psychologists devised torture methods against three former detainees at secret prisons in the early 2000s. The alleged victims are now claiming damages.In a ruling from the bench at federal district court in Spokane, Washington, Senior Judge Justin L. Quackenbush said he would deny a motion to dismiss the lawsuit against James E. Mitchell and Bruce Jessen.

Both men are accused of creating programs that executed waterboarding, sleep deprivation, confinement in small boxes, rectal feeding and beatings against detainees, according to a 2014 Senate Intelligence Committee Report.

The plaintiffs include Mohammed Ahmed Ben Soud, a Libyan who was arrested in Pakistan in April 2013. He allegedly was held in a “secret” Afghan prison where he was tortured. He “continues to suffer deep psychological harm,” the suit reads.

Suleiman Abdullah Salim, a Tanzanian, was allegedly sodomized and chained to a wall for 14 months in solitary confinement at a secret Afghan prison called the “salt pit.” He now lives in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

The other plaintiffs are the family of Gul Rahman, an Afghan farmer who died of hypothermia, beatings and other abuse after two weeks in CIA custody in November 2002. The CIA later admitted it was a case of mistaken identity.

Lawyers for all three plaintiffs want Mitchell and Jessen to pay compensatory damages of more than $75,000, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.

“It’s unprecedented,” said Dror Ladin, the American Civil Liberties Union attorney who argued the plaintiffs’ case in court Friday. “No CIA torture victim has ever taken this step toward accountability. Every previous lawsuit has been shut down before this stage.”

Lawyers for the defendants argue they were not part of the alleged torture.

“They did not make decisions about Plaintiffs’ capture, treatment, confinement conditions, and interrogations; and they did not perform, supervise or control Plaintiffs’ interrogations,” defense attorney Christopher Tompkins wrote in court documents.

Both parties have 30 days to submit documents and gather evidence.


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2 Responses to “CIA Psychologists Can be Sued for Creating Torture Program, Judge Says”

  1. ian says:

    The CIA later admitted it was a case of mistaken identity!!!!!!!!! not just the people the delusional cretinous clowns torture, but the countries too. The psychologists should be sentenced to an unknown length of time of waterboarding and rectal feeding beatings, sleep deprivation, freezing heating etc dished out by the psycho’s that were let loose on the Afghan, Iraqi, and Libyan prisoners. I’m sure that videos of this would sell well in the middle east and possibly the US too as it seems to be full of psycho clowns.

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