CIA Torture Lawsuit

Published: October 14, 2015

CIA Torture Lawsuit, Two psychologists who designed and helped oversee the CIA’s harsh interrogation program are now facing a lawsuit filed on behalf of three former CIA prisoners who allegedly were tortured at “black site,” or secret, prisons.

James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen are former U.S. Air Force trainers whose expertise was in teaching military members how to resist interrogations if captured.

The CIA paid their company, Mitchell Jessen & Associates, $81 million to act as contractors to help run the interrogation program, according to a Senate intelligence committee report issued last year.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Washington state is on behalf of the family of Gul Rahman, an Afghan man who died while in CIA custody; Suleiman Abdullah Salim, a Tanzanian man who was held in U.S. custody in Afghanistan for five years before being released; and Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, a Libyan man who was held by the U.S. in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005 before the CIA sent him to Libya, where Moammar Gadhafi’s regime imprisoned him until 2011.

The three men are among the prisoners whose detentions were discussed in the Senate report last year.


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