“I don’t think I have any other choice,” said Senior Judge Justin Quackenbush, after rejecting the claim of the psychologists’ lawyer that the two are immune from civil liability, according to the Huffington Post.
The lawsuit was first filed in a federal court in Spokane, Washington in October 2015 by Suleiman Abdullah Salim, a Tanzanian citizen, Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, a Libyan citizen, and the family of Gul Rahman, an Afghan citizen who froze to death at a secret CIA prison in Kabul. All three men allege that they were subject to some of the harshest physical and psychological torture methods while in CIA custody.
Psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, the defendants in the case, were paid $81 million to help teach the CIA torture methods based on past experiments on dogs and were deeply involved in their implementation.
For a measly $81,000,000, they were complicit in throwing a veneer of science over sadism. But the persons truly responsible–those who wrote that $81,000,000 check–will, I am certain, never face any penalty, let alone anything remotely resembling justice.
I do think that some of Mr. Cousins’s personal criticism of President Obama is unduly harsh, if not in substance, certainly in tone; hindsight is always etc. and so on. I also suspect that this sheds some light on the deliberations that led to many of the choices that Cousins criticizes.
The bipartisan amendment reaffirms President Barack Obama’s prohibition of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding and sleep deprivation, which were developed by the CIA under the administration of his predecessor, George W Bush.
The measure passed in the Senate, 78-21.
It will no doubt fail in the House.
The Republican Party has become a vile and loathsome thing, a gibbering monster that slithers and twists in darkness.
After 9/11, we were faced with a group of murderous and cruel enemies, but they had no army, no air force and no navy. They lacked weapons of mass destruction. But Cheney and Bush decreed that the threat to us was so great that we must abandon George Washington’s idealism.