Friday, August 18, 2017

Dumb & Dumber III: The Settlement

Settlement Reached in Torture Case:

A settlement in the lawsuit against two psychologists who helped devise the Central Intelligence Agency’s brutal interrogation program was announced on Thursday, bringing to an end an unusual effort to hold individuals accountable for the techniques the agency adopted after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Lawyers for the three plaintiffs in the suit, filed in 2015 in Federal District Court in Spokane, Wash., said the former prisoners were tortured at secret C.I.A. detention sites. The settlement with the psychologists, Dr. Bruce Jessen and Dr. James Mitchell, came after a judge last month urged resolving the case before it headed to a jury trial in early September.
The plaintiffs — two former detainees and the family of a third who died in custody — had sought unspecified punitive and compensatory damages. The terms of the settlement are confidential, and it is unclear whether a financial payout was involved. The parties agreed to a joint statement in which the psychologists said that they had advised the C.I.A. and that the plaintiffs had suffered abuses, but that they were not responsible.
Speaking by phone after the settlement was announced, Dr. Mitchell said he found it “regrettable that one guy died and those other guys were treated badly,” adding: “We had nothing to do with it. We’re not responsible for it. They say we are, but in my view they’re wrong.”
And yet you settled anyway, doc. Just like accepting a pardon indicates a level of culpability and guilt, settling a law suit implies a degree of responsibility on behalf of the defendants. So I guess that's as close as we'll ever come to seeing Dumb and Dumber get their just deserts in this entire sordid manner.

I will say this, however: the articles have referred to them both as "Dr's" Jessen and Mitchell, implying they are still practicing psychologists, but according to this statement, the APA stripped them of their designation and ability to ever practice psychotherapy again several years ago. As uneasy and incredulous as this settlement is, at least they'll never set foot near a patient again. 

Now if their degree-granting institutions (mail order though they probably were) would strip them of their graduate degrees, we can take out the "doctor" salutation completely and refer to these clowns for what and who they are: dumb and dumber.

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