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UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: The Spokane torture case keeps its secrets about Haspel

Gina Haspel, a CIA officer who worked with the Spokane torture team of James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, has said something about the Bush administration’s post-9/11 interrogation program that few …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 6:51 p.m.

In what ACLU calls ‘historic victory,’ settlement reached in CIA interrogation suit of 2 former Spokane psychologists

A settlement was announced Thursday in a landmark lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against two psychologists involved in designing the CIA’s harsh interrogation program used in the


Shawn Vestal: In the torture case, big decisions rest on small points

In the ongoing trial of the two former Fairchild Air Force Base psychologists whose company earned more than $80 million to develop and carry out the enhanced-interrogation program, one slap …


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 9:34 p.m.

Federal judge questions civil torture suit against Spokane psychologists Mitchell and Jessen

The torture civil suit against two Spokane psychologists will continue to the next round, but a federal judge cast doubt Friday as to whether he’ll let the case proceed without …


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017, 6:48 p.m.

Spokane psychologists turn to Nuremberg trial ruling on Nazi gas killings to defend role in torture

The attorneys defending Spokane psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen are arguing that the successful defense of the “gas technician” of the firm that developed Zyklon B used by Nazis …


Depositions provide glimpse into minds of psychologists who advised CIA’s advanced interrogation program

When Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell urged their bosses in the CIA to halt the waterboarding of a terrorism suspect in 2002, they were pressured to keep going, according depositions …


UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 9:57 p.m.

Federal judge in Spokane asked to provide Poland with CIA torture evidence from Mitchell and Jessen

A federal judge in Spokane has been asked to turn over evidence needed to determine a legal dispute in Poland regarding whether laws were broken when that country allowed the …


UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 6:12 p.m.

Mitchell and Jessen attorneys seek judge to unlock CIA records of torture program

The attorneys for former Spokane psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen argued this week that the Trump Administration’s decision to keep some records secret in the name of national security …


UPDATED: Thu., March 9, 2017, 12:53 p.m.

Trump administration to keep CIA torture records secret relating to Mitchell and Jessen

The Trump Administration will keep secret scores of records pertaining to the government’s relationship between the CIA and two former Spokane psychologists who were the architects of controversial torture techniques …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 7:06 p.m.

Federal judge sets records deadline in torture suit against Spokane psychologists Mitchell and Jessen

A federal judge gave a hard deadline Monday for U.S. government attorneys to decide whether they will keep some records secret about the relationship between the CIA and two psychologists …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 5:53 p.m.

Torture suit against Spokane psychologists Mitchell and Jessen could face more delays

A federal judge appears to be growing weary of continued delays in the complex legal battle by three men who claim they were victims of torture that was designed, and …


Former Fairchild psychologist recounts interrogation of terror detainee

When Bruce Jessen was asked about his first interrogation of Gul Rahman – a detainee in the war on terror who died after being slapped, punched, chained to walls, hooded, …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 12:35 p.m.

CIA documents reveal debate about role of Spokane psychologists

A CIA official expressed concerns about the “arrogance and narcissism” of two Spokane psychologists who developed and helped implement the U.S. post-9-11 torture program, and said the men “have both …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

Judge Quackenbush denies motion to dismiss torture suit against Mitchell and Jessen

A federal judge in Spokane refused Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against two Spokane psychologists who designed, and in some cases, carried out …


Vestal: Spokane psychologist who developed CIA’s waterboarding program has become a torture pundit amid Trump’s ‘torture works’ rhetoric

After president-elect Trump’s statements supporting torture of enemy combatants, a Spokane psychologist who helped design the CIA’s waterboarding program says the country must do what’s necessary to collect enemy information …


Shawn Vestal: One of Spokane’s torture doctors trying to keep his waterboarding book secret before trial

Spokane’s torture doctors have been battling for months to pry information out of the CIA as they try to defend themselves against a federal lawsuit. Now one of them is …


Shawn Vestal: Torture book by Spokane psychologist is MIA

A Spokane psychologist who developed and implemented the Bush administration’s torture program has co-authored “Enhanced Interrogation,” which was slated by Crown Publishing for a May 10 release. The book has …


Torture case against Spokane psychologists may continue, judge rules

The American Civil Liberties Union earned a victory in court Friday as U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush ordered attorneys for Spokane psychologists Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell to cooperate …


Shawn Vestal: ACLU finally calling Mitchell and Jessen’s torture program by the right name

There has long been a war of words surrounding the U.S. torture program developed and implemented by two Spokane psychologists. Today, the ACLU used a new word to describe it …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 13, 2015, 9:52 p.m.

ACLU sues psychologists over CIA interrogation tactics

The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday sued two former Air Force psychologists who designed a CIA program that used harsh interrogation techniques to elicit intelligence from suspected terrorists, saying …


Shawn Vestal: Local psychologists had high-level backup for torture role

It’s not news that two Spokane psychologists were instrumental in developing, teaching and employing firsthand the torture program that the U.S. adopted in years immediately following the Sept. 11, 2001, …


Shawn Vestal: Comments offer insight into key player in CIA storm

James Mitchell – considered one of the men who built a torture empire from Spokane – has started speaking publicly. And though he mostly dances around the shocking and specific …


Shawn Vestal: $80 million paid to Spokane firm for enhanced interrogation

It’s long been known that a pair of former Fairchild Air Force Base psychologists helped develop and personally implement the CIA torture program following the 9/11 attacks. A new Senate …


Public was misled on extent and effect of torture

How much water was involved in America’s waterboarding of terrorism suspects? If that sounds glib, it’s not meant to be. As the massive and much-battled-over “torture report” by a Senate …


Fairchild’s torture ties extend their reach

Ten years ago this month, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was considering the approval of aggressive interrogation techniques for “high-value detainees” being held at Guantanamo Bay. The techniques had roots in …


Mormon church appointee aided CIA on terror

A Spokane psychologist who helped develop controversial interrogation methods, which some human rights groups say amount to torture, became the new spiritual leader of a Mormon congregation on the South …


Officials: CIA gave waterboarders $5M legal shield

The CIA agreed to cover at least $5 million in legal fees for two contractors who were the architects of the agency’s interrogation program and personally conducted dozens of waterboarding …


Pair’s role in CIA coercion emerging

In April 2002, as the terrorism suspect known as Abu Zubaida lay in a Bangkok hospital bed, top U.S. counterterrorism officials gathered at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., for a …


CIA fires Spokane psychologists’ firm

WASHINGTON – The CIA has fired a firm run by two Spokane psychologists who helped introduce waterboarding and other harsh methods to the agency’s interrogation techniques, according to a news …


Amy Goodman: Torturers must be prosecuted

George W. Bush insisted that the United States did not use torture. But the four Bush-era Office of Legal Counsel memos released last week by the Obama administration’s Justice Department …