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Prosecution of US psychologists who ran CIA torture program moves a step closer

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2454 (Published 28 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2454
  1. Owen Dyer

Two psychologists who designed and managed the now defunct torture program of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) may be sued by their victims after a federal judge allowed the case to move forward.

James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen—former employees of the US Air Force Survival School—conducted dozens of torture sessions. The company they formed, Mitchell Jessen and Associates, hired and deployed 60 private interrogators and received over $81 million in payments from the US government.1 The incoming Obama administration ended their contract in 2009.

Mitchell and Jessen are being sued by the American …

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