First Lawsuit Greenlighted Against Creators of CIA Torture Program - WhoWhatWhy

First Lawsuit Greenlighted Against Creators of CIA Torture Program

Suleiman Abdullah Salim), Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud
Suleiman Abdullah Salim (left), Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud (right).  Photo credit:  ACLU, ACLU
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For the first time, the two architects of the CIA torture program are facing justice for their role in the illegal treatment of detainees. Here we provide you with some useful background including a video.

James Elmer Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen, the two psychologists who established the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation program,” pocketed $81 million in taxpayer funds for their efforts. But they may be getting more than they bargained for, now that Judge Justin L. Quackenbush of the Eastern District of Washington State has ruled that victims of the program can sue the men.

The American Civil Liberties Union serves as legal counsel for torture victims Suleiman Abdullah Salim and Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, as well as the family of Gul Rahman, who froze to death in his unheated cell while in CIA custody in 2002.

According to a Senate Intelligence Committee report, neither psychologist had experience as an interrogator nor special knowledge about terrorism before being tapped to run the CIA‘s torture program.

This short video reveals more details about this egregious case of government overreach in violation of the US Constitution.

Related front page panorama photo credit: James Elmer Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen (Daily Kos), Victim background (ACLU)

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One response to “First Lawsuit Greenlighted Against Creators of CIA Torture Program”

  1. Avatar Kevin says:

    Glad to see this getting coverage. Absolutely not a story that should be forgotten.

  2. Avatar lofty1 says:

    Don’t forget to mention the part of the firm’s government contract that covered potential legal expenses.

    According to The Huffington Post:
    “Still, according to the Senate report, the CIA will provide $5 million in indemnity costs to the firm to cover all legal expenses for potential criminal prosecution and investigations through 2021. The firm has already received $1.1 million from the CIA to cover legal expenses, much
    of that related to interviews with the Senate Intelligence Committee. In addition, Swigert and Dunbar received payments of $1.5 million and $1.1 million, respectively, as individuals.”

    Grayson Swigert and Hammond Dunbar were the pseudonyms used in the contract for James Elmer Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jensen.

    $81 million is shocking enough then you find out it was originally for $180 million. Feeding off the misery they created. Disgusting.
    Who in the CIA authorized that contract?