WASHINGTON–On Thursday, March 5, at Georgetown Law, leading experts on torture and interrogation programs will unpack new revelations about U.S. actions after 9/11and discuss ongoing efforts to ensure ethical approaches to securing critical national security information.
Widely overshadowed by the 2020 primary season and impeachment news, January hearings at Guantanamo Bay revealed new clues about the U.S. approach to water boarding and other harsh interrogation methods after 9/11. Testimony from CIA psychologist James Mitchell not only offers new details on the design of the “enhanced interrogation” program he led, it suggests the CIA employed rival programs that may have been even more brutal. Other recent disclosures illuminate the role of physicians and how U.S. officials subverted medical and psychological ethics. Leading experts will review these revelations with an eye toward lessons learned for the prevention of torture and the conduct of ethical, evidence-based national security interrogation methods.
Short film excerpts to be shown include The Report, which dramatizes the role of featured speaker Daniel J. Jones in the U.S. Senate investigation into CIA interrogation methods. Former U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez will also speak, followed by an expert panel including contributors to a new book, Interrogation & Torture.
Daniel J. Jones, lead author of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s Report on the CIA’s Detention & Interrogation Program; founder, The Penn Quarter Group & Advance Democracy
Juan Mendez, former U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture; Professor of Human Rights inResidence, American University; contributor to Interrogation & Torture
Alka Pradhan, Human Rights Counsel, Guantanamo Military Commissions
Mark Fallon, former Military Commissions chief investigator; co-editor, Interrogation & Torture; author, Unjustifiable Means; Director of ClubFed, LLC
Susan E. Brandon, former Research Director, High-Value Detainee Interrogation
M. Gregg Bloche, Professor,Georgetown Law; author, The Hippocratic Myth contributor to Interrogation & Torture
David Luban, Professor, Georgetown Law; author, Torture, Power, & Law; contributor to Interrogation & Torture
Steven Barela, lead editor, Interrogation & Torture; Senior Research Fellow, University of Geneva
Daniel J. Jones, lead author of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s Report on the CIA’s Detention & Interrogation Program
Juan Mendez, former U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture; Professor of Human Rights in Residence, American University; contributor to Interrogation & Torture