Target: Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John O. Brennan
Goal: Prevent the CIA interrogation program from torturing prisoners to their death unnecessarily.
Three former CIA prisoners who were allegedly tortured at secret prisons for information are suing James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, owners of the Mitchell Jessen and Associates company that was hired to run the interrogation program. The company was paid $81 million as contractors for the project according the agency’s report made last year.
One of the parties represented is the family of Gul Rahman, an Afghan man who died while in CIA custody. Another prisoner represented is Suleiman Abdullah Salim, a Tanzanian man who was held in U.S. custody in Afghanistan for five years before being released. The third prisoner represented is Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, who was held by the U.S. in Afghanistan for two years before the CIA sent him to Libya where he was imprisoned by Moammar Gadhafi’s regime for another six years.
The lawsuit accuses Mitchell and Jessen of human rights violations by committing torture, cruel and inhuman treatment, and war crimes. A senior staff attorney of the ACLU Human Rights Program claimed Mitchell and Jessen sold their program as “scientifically based, safe and proven, when in fact it was none of those things. The program was unlawful and its methods barbaric.” Make sure these horrific incidents never happen again by thoroughly regulating the CIA’s interrogation techniques for signs of cruelty and torture.
Dear Director Brennan,
Two psychologists that were previously organizing the CIA’s interrogation program are being sued on behalf of three former prisoners for their alleged torture, mistreatment, and the death of one prisoner in CIA custody. The other two were imprisoned for five and eight years by the U.S. in Afghanistan, and one was even surrendered to captivity under Moammar Gadhafi.
James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen are being sued for human rights violations by committing torture, cruel and inhuman treatment, and war crimes during their organization of the interrogation program. It is clear that we can never let an American intelligence agency commit these types of atrocities upon anyone again in the future, and it’s clear that not enough investigation into its occurrence is being done by even the highest of authorities. The CIA needs to enforce stricter regulations on their interrogation workers and the tactics that are used for retrieving information in order to prevent any more unlawful torture and death.
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