Guantanamo victims sue designers' of CIA torture program

Guantanamo victims sue two psychologists who made millions of dollars for designing unethical CIA torture programs

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Prison guards seen dragging a detainee at Guantanamo Bay detention camp

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of three former Guantanamo detainees on Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against two psychologists who devised the CIA torture program used at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.

The ACLU said in a statement that the two psychologists, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, "Designed the torture methods and performed illegal human experimentation on CIA prisoners to test and refine the program."

According to the statement, the psychologists “personally took part in torture sessions and oversaw the program's implementation for the CIA.”

The “enhanced interrogation techniques” used in the infamous program of the post 9/11 era included methods such as waterboarding, painful bodily contortions, sleep and dietary deprivation. 

The Guantanamo survivors, Suleiman Abdullah Salim and Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud seek damages of at least $75,000, as they are suffering from lasting psychological and physical damages. 

The psychologists will be charged with war crimes and non-consensual medical and scientific human experimentation.

Gul Rahman, died in 2002 from hypothermia after experiencing severe torture tactics which caused dehydration from excessive exposure to cold.

A US Senate torture report disclosed last year stated that the CIA had paid $80 million to a company run by two former military psychologists who had no experience in interrogation or counterterrorism.

The program ended in 2009 after President Obama signed an executive order.

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