Wednesday, October 14, 2015
ACLU Sues Two Psychologists Who Helped Develop Torture Techniques
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against James Mitchell and Bruce Jesson, two psychologists who helped the Central Intelligence Agency develop interrogation methods that used torture. The suit was filed in federal district court in Spokane Washington on behalf of two former detainees held by the Central Intelligence Agency and the family of a third detainee who died in C.I.A. custody in Afghanistan in 2002.
The New York Times reports that the torture techniques that the two psychologists developed were described in a Senate Intelligence Committee Report released last year, but the report used the pseudonymns Grayson Swigert and Hammond Dunbar. Mark Mazzetti, Psychologists Are Sued Over C.I.A. Techniques, N.Y. TImes, Oct. 14, 2015, at A11.
Mitchell Jessen and Associates received a contract from the C.I.A. to develop the torture techniques used. The two psyhcologists reportedly earned $81 million for their work and their company was paid $180 million