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  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Our View: Torture report illuminates American atrocity

    To paraphrase one of the more ignominious comments from the Iraq war, “We go to war with the defense secretary we have, not the one that we want.” A bipartisan …


  • Psychologist key in torture policy, report says

    Bruce Jessen, a senior military psychologist with offices in Spokane, played a key role in expanding the controversial use of torture against enemy combatants, according to the report released Thursday …


  • Senators: Spokane psychologist key in expansion of torture

    Dr. Bruce Jessen, a senior military psychologist with offices in Spokane, had a key role in expanding the controversial use of torture against enemy combatants, according to a report released …


  • Behind barbed wire

    On a picturesque bluff west of Spokane, a highly classified military facility – unknown to most in the region – carries out a worldwide mission from behind a coiled barbed-wire …


  • Our view: Psychologists right

    The American Psychological Association’s code of ethics begins by listing its general principles. This is the very first line: “Psychologists strive to benefit those with whom they work and take …


  • Lessons in survival

    The Survival School at Fairchild Air Force Base, created in 1966 to train downed pilots to survive captivity during the Cold War, has a newly expanded mission in the ongoing …


  • Group protests firm’s CIA ties

    More than two dozen people, some dressed in black hoods and orange jumpsuits to resemble Guantanamo detainees, gathered Thursday evening at Riverside and Washington to protest the work of a …


  • Psychologists shun tactics

    SAN FRANCISCO – The American Psychological Association ruled Sunday that psychologists can no longer be associated with several interrogation techniques that have been used against terrorism detainees at U.S. facilities …


  • Pyschologists debate their role in interrogations

    SAN FRANCISCO – Some psychologists’ participation in the development and use of harsh interrogation techniques at secret U.S. military detention centers around the globe is miring the annual meeting of …


  • Expert has stake in cryptic local firm

    The former president of the American Psychological Association is a partner in a Spokane-based firm linked to the CIA’s reported use of harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists at secret …


  • Psychologists’ CIA work called ‘voodoo science’

    Two Spokane-based psychologists working under contract to the CIA at interrogation sites for the war on terror practiced “voodoo science” that was brutal and ineffective, according to an article published …


  • Spokane psychologists linked to CIA: Congress probes role in controversial interrogations

    Two Spokane psychologists are the focus of a congressional inquiry into the use of harsh techniques to interrogate terrorist suspects in Guantanamo, Iraq, Afghanistan and at secret military and CIA …

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