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Lawsuit against 'Architects of Torture' moving forward

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James Mitchell, one of two Spokane psychologists contracted by the CIA to develop enhanced interrogation techniques, is speaking out for the first time after the Senate’s report on those techniques was released. (PHOTO/VIDEO: Courtesy VICE NEWS) James Mitchell, one of two Spokane psychologists contracted by the CIA to develop enhanced interrogation techniques, is speaking out for the first time after the Senate’s report on those techniques was released. (PHOTO/VIDEO: Courtesy VICE NEWS)
SPOKANE, Wash. -

On Friday, Judge Justin Quackenbush denied the motion to dismiss the case against James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen. One of issues that came up during the hearing was the fact that neither side had read the copy of the contract Jessen and Mitchell had with the CIA.

Mitchell and Jessen are the psychologists who designed and oversaw the CIA’s torture program from 2002 to 2008. They used to own a consulting firm in Spokane that closed in 2009.  

Plaintiffs say enhanced interrogation program included interrogation techniques like stress positions, beatings, waterboarding and sleep deprivation.

In October, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of three former detainees: Suleiman Abdullah Salim, Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, and Gul Rahman. Rahman died in 2002, and the suit says it’s from the interrogation techniques. The ACLU previously said they decided to file the suit because of the US Senate’s torture report.

As for next steps, both sides have 30 days to come to an agreement on how to proceed with discovery.

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