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Judge Clears Way for Trial Against Military Psychologists Who Designed Bush Torture Program

HeadlineAug 08, 2017

And in Spokane, Washington, a federal judge has cleared the way for a trial against two military psychologists who helped devise the Bush administration’s interrogation program, which included using torture such as waterboarding. The psychologists, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, reaped more than $80 million for designing torture techniques used by the agency. The lawsuit was brought by Suleiman Abdullah Salim and Mohamed Ben Soud, two survivors of the torture program, along with the family of Gul Rahman, who froze to death at a CIA black site in Afghanistan. ACLU attorney Dror Ladin said, “The court’s ruling means that for the first time, individuals responsible for the brutal and unlawful CIA torture program will face meaningful legal accountability for what they did. Our clients have waited a long time for justice.” The trial is now scheduled to open on September 5 in Spokane.

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