Hearing on bid for NY probe of Army psychologist

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Posted: Apr 06, 2011 2:46 AM
Hearing on bid for NY probe of Army psychologist

Human rights advocates and New York state lawyers are facing off over whether an Army psychologist developed abusive interrogation techniques for detainees at Guantanamo Bay and should be stripped of his license.

A hearing is set Wednesday in a state court.

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the San Francisco-based Center for Justice and Accountability say John F. Leso recommended such measures as exposing detainees to severe cold and depriving them of sleep. The groups call that professional misconduct. They want an investigation in New York, where Leso is licensed.

State regulators have said Leso's Army work is outside their purview. State lawyers say "exhaustive federal investigations found no fault with him."

No working telephone number could be found for Leso.

Some other states' licensing boards have rejected complaints about other military psychologists.