- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Lawyers for two psychologists who designed the CIA’s harsh interrogation methods in the war on terror have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the men by the American Civil Liberties Union.

U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush held a hearing on the motion Thursday and said he would issue a written decision later. But the judge said he was inclined to deny the motion to dismiss.

The unusual case was brought by the ACLU on behalf of three men - Gul Rahman, Suleiman Abdullah Salim, and Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud. They contend they were tortured in CIA prisons using methods developed by CIA-contracted psychologists James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen at their company in Spokane, Washington.

Trial is set for June.

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