Historic Settlement Reached on Behalf of CIA Torture Victims

Emmons, Alex
Date Written:  2017-08-17
Publisher:  The Intercept
Year Published:  2017
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21268

Details on the legal settlement between the U.S government and the victims of a CIA torture program in 2002.



Two victims of the CIA's torture program have reached a historic legal settlement with the contract psychologists who designed and helped implement it. The U.S. government has never publicly compensated any of the men tortured in CIA custody, and this legal settlement - the terms of which are confidential - is the first of its kind.

According to the original lawsuit, Salim and Ben Soud were both subjected to beatings, starvation, stress positions, confinement in coffin-like boxes, and various forms of water torture. Both had suffered lasting physical and psychological damage. In November 2002, Rahman was stripped naked, beaten, immersed in cold water, and put in an isolation cell overnight, where he died from hypothermia.
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