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Ed Jewett
08-12-2011, 02:03 PM
Judge Denies Bid to Force Investigation of Psychologist's Role at Guantánamo
12 Aug 2011

New York State cannot be forced to investigate a psychologist accused by a human rights organization of overseeing coercive interrogation tactics at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, a judge in Manhattan ruled on Thursday. The rights group, the Center for Justice and Accountability, had brought a suit claiming that the psychologist, John Francis Leso, helped develop a plan of coercive techniques torture, including sleep deprivation and isolation, to use on detainees prisoners at Guantánamo. The suit was brought on behalf of Steven Reisner, a psychologist and an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. It sought an investigation of Dr. Leso by a professional disciplinary office in the state's Education Department that regulates psychologists' licenses. But in a 12-page ruling filed in State Supreme Court, Justice Saliann Scarpulla wrote that Dr. Reisner had no standing to force an investigation.


http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/12/nyregion/judge-wont-order-inquiry-over-psychologists-role-in-guantanamo.html


http://www.legitgov.org/Judge-Denies-Bid-Force-Investigation-Psychologists-Role-Guantanamo