US rights group sues former CIA 'torture' psychologists

A group of former prisoners from the early days of America’s “War on Terror” are suing two psychologists who helped build the CIA’s torture program, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday. The Central Intelligence Agency paid James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen millions of dollars to create a brutal interrogation program with a “scientific veneer,” and the men helped convince the agency to adopt torture as its official policy in dealing with terror suspects, the ACLU alleges. “Mitchell and Jessen conspired with the CIA to torture these three men and many others,” said Steven Watt, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Human Rights Program.

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