In June, James Harrington, a lawyer representing one of Mr. Mohammed’s co-defendants, scolded Colonel Cohen at the judge’s first hearing for referring to the F.B.I. interrogations as “cleansing” statements.
“Right now before the court I believe is an issue of voluntariness with respect to those statements,” he said.
Mr. Harrington offered a longstanding defense argument that anything Mr. Mohammed and the other suspects said at Guantánamo was essentially “a Pavlovian response” drilled into the defendants in their three and four years of torture at the black sites, where the lawyers contend that calculated abuse trained the defendants to later tell the F.B.I. agents what the C.I.A. had forced them to say.
Full article in New York Times, July 29, 2019