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UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 10:43 p.m.

Gina Haspel confirmed as 1st woman to lead the CIA

Veteran spy Gina Haspel will become the first female director of the CIA after six Democrats joined Republicans in a Senate confirmation vote that overrode concerns about her role in …


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., 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: 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 …


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 …


Kathleen Parker: Trump’s core values beyond belief

If Trump has never been burdened by the truth, he at least has been true to his core value, which is to say or do whatever it takes to win. …


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 …


Psychologists behind CIA interrogation tactics deny torture

Two former Air Force psychologists who helped design the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques for terrorism suspects acknowledge using waterboarding and other harsh tactics but deny allegations of torture and war …


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 …


Grisly ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ torture scenes screened at Guantanamo war court

Defense lawyers in the Sept. 11 case screened grisly scenes of torture from the Hollywood movie “Zero Dark Thirty” at the war court Thursday in their bid to argue that …


Texas couple accused of waterboarding 13-year-old boy

A North Texas woman and her boyfriend are accused of tying a rope around her 13-year-old son’s genitals and subjecting him to waterboarding as a punishment.


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 …


Senate report says terrorist made up story about Montana recruits

A Senate report on CIA torture quotes one terrorist as saying he fabricated a story about trying to recruit black Muslims in Montana because he was subjected to “enhanced measures.”


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 …


CIA fired Spokane psychologists who aided interrogations

WASHINGTON — Weeks after President Obama took office, the CIA extended its contract with a firm run by two Spokane psychologists who helped introduce waterboarding and other harsh methods to …


Panetta: Water boarding is torture

WASHINGTON – Leon E. Panetta, President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the CIA, testified Thursday that he believed the harsh interrogation technique known as water-boarding to be torture and vowed …


Attorney general pick: Waterboarding is torture

WASHINGTON – With just three words, Attorney General-designate Eric Holder capped years of angry debate over U.S. counterterrorism policy and declared a major break from the Bush administration. “Waterboarding is …