Guardian: Deputy CIA director could face court deposition over post-9/11 role in torture

 Even as the Trump administration attempts to contain an escalating crisis over its surreptitious ties to Russia, another spying crisis is threatening to haul the deputy CIA director into court to expose her role in post-9/11 torture.

In a court filing on Tuesday, attorneys for two CIA contract psychologists who helped design the agency’s brutal interrogations for terrorism suspects have asked a federal judge to order Gina Haspel, a career CIA officer recently appointed as the agency’s No2 official, to provide a deposition discussing her allegedly pivotal involvement in an episode the CIA has tried repeatedly to put behind it.

“Ms. Haspel was centrally involved in the events alleged in plaintiffs Sulaiman Abdulla Salim, Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, and Obaid Ullah, on behalf of Gul Rahman’s … suit against Defendants for actions they purportedly took while contractors for the CIA,” wrote Brian Paszamant, an attorney for ex-contractors Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell.

Salim, Ben Soud, Ullah and representatives for Rahman – who died in a CIA black site – filed a lawsuit in 2015 against Mitchell and Jessen for designing their torture regimens while in CIA custody. The Obama administration surprised many by not seeking to block the case under a veil of state secrecy.

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3 Responses to "Guardian: Deputy CIA director could face court deposition over post-9/11 role in torture"

  1. wjabbe  February 16, 2017 at 1:56 am

    This is one of the many unspeakable crimes of man’s inhumanity to man which occur when secrecy is permitted in government, protected by the full military force and power of government. Frankly this story should be the front page story of the day, not the Flynn story. But now Trump seeks to cover it up. Everyone should remember this: When we engage in such unconscionable conduct against other human beings, what do you think other countries will do when our military members are captured? Yes they may do it anyway, but if we showed some compassion they just might also. This is only a return to the days of an eye for an eye. No one should be permitted to engage in such gross human misconduct and be protected by secrecy after doing so. Everyone in the CIA or contractors engaged in such gross misconduct should have their pictures published and be charged with crimes against humanity and murder. All this is a shameful disgrace on what is left of this reprehensible country..Send every member of Congress and the rest of the government down there for a taste of their own medicine. The totally despicable CIA and Secrecy should be abolished now today.

  2. Trakkath  February 15, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    It is the return into dark medium ages with Inquisition and the effects on humans. It has nothing to do with confession or evidence but to destroy humanity and eliminate “enemies”.

  3. ayelyahbenjamin  February 15, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    from officer to deputy CIA director… a reward for services rendered?

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