- Adam Rosenlund
A lawsuit filed in federal court against the former Air Force psychologists who crafted, oversaw and, on several occasions, administered the so-called "enhanced interrogation" program for the Central Intelligence Agency will move forward.
Senior Judge Justin L. Quackenbush on Friday denied a motion to dismiss the suit, filed in federal district court in Spokane, Wash., alleging John "Bruce" Jessen and James Mitchell engaged in torture against detainees in secret CIA prisons around the world.
Jessen, an Idaho native, lives in Spokane, where he and Mitchell operated a consultancy firm that contracted with the CIA through the early 2000s, earning millions of dollars for their work as interrogators and interrogation experts.
The Los Angeles Times reports similar suits, this one filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of several plaintiffs, have in the past been quashed by the Department of Justice.
"It's unprecedented," the Times quotes ACLU attorney Dror Ladin, speaking from Spokane. "Every previous lawsuit has been shut down before this stage."
Parties in the suit now have 30 days to prepare their cases.