Central Intelligence Agency

Psychologists not liable for CIA interrogations, lawyers say

The two psychologists who helped craft the CIA's harsh interrogation methods used in the war on terror should be as free from liability as a worker for a company that supplied the Nazis with poison gas used in concentration camps, defense lawyers said in a motion to dismiss a lawsuit from former detainees.

The American Civil Liberties Union challenges that claim, saying the psychologists should be held accountable for the methods they designed following the Sept. 11 terror attacks, including waterboarding and beatings. The sides plan arguments Friday in U.S. District Court in Spokane, Washington.

The outcome will determine whether the lawsuit will go to trial, set for...