Philanthropy, Bikes, Beer and... Torture 

There is a lot going on in this week's paper. News Editor George Prentice profiles Idaho Gives, which kicks off Thursday, May 7, while staff writer Harrison Berry takes a look at the College of Western Idaho's controversial purchase of 10 acres in Boise's West End neighborhood. Staff writer Jessica Murri gets the skinny on why Skinny Dipper hot springs is scheduled to be closed. We also hit on Revolt Revolt's new tour in Noise, consider whether it's better to wait for blockbusters at the discount theater in Screen, and fill you in on what's happening for American Craft Beer Week and offer some picks for Mother's Day brunch in Food. Of course, you'll find events listings for First Thursday and bike-related coverage connected to Boise Bike Week throughout the paper.

There is also a lot going on outside of this week's paper. About a week after we published our April 22 investigation into the background of Idaho native, psychologist and former CIA contractor Dr. John "Bruce" Jessen, a new report was released that sheds further light on his activities as an interrogator and the climate surrounding use of the so-called "enhanced interrogation" techniques he helped develop and administer.

According to the report, which was released April 30 by a group of health professionals and human rights activists, the American Psychological Association "secretly coordinated" with the CIA, Bush administration and Department of Defense to craft an ethics policy that would fall in line with the "then-classified legal guidance authorizing the CIA torture program."

As revealed in an exhaustive U.S. Senate report published in December 2014, the "legal guidance authorizing the CIA torture program" had been put in place as early as 2002, specifically to protect interrogators including Jessen, who, according to an email from CIA to APA officials quoted by the The New York Times, were "doing special things to special people in special places."

Read more and find a copy of the report in "American Psychological Association Bolstered CIA Torture Program, Report Says" on

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