Dr. James E. Mitchell said in court at Guantánamo Bay that the alleged leader of the Sept. 11 plot, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, was fine after 183 rounds of waterboarding.
The New York Times
In a hearing at Guantánamo Bay, an architect of the C.I.A. interrogation program said he told the accused mastermind of the 9/11 attacks: “I will cut your son’s throat.”
The hearings have showed the role of medical professionals, including keeping count during waterboarding sessions, in the agency black sites where prisoners were tortured.
A military judge said he would decide before the trial of five men accused of plotting the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks whether their treatment in C.I.A. prisons amounted to torture.
An architect of the C.I.A. interrogation program testified that to persuade his superiors to let him stop torturing a captive, he had them stand in the cell and watch.
Appearing for the first time at the military war court, James Mitchell was defiant, saying he was there for the benefit of the victims of the 9/11 attacks and their families.
James Mitchell will be the first witness to describe the torture of detainees in the secret prisons — some at his own hands — in the trial of the men accused of plotting the Sept. 11 attacks.
The federal trial of a former commander of the naval base put a spotlight on life at the isolated and secretive outpost best known for its terrorist court and prison.
Donors claimed they would fix Fabienne Jean’s body. They broke her heart instead.
In the 20 years I have been covering the United States Navy base at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, I have had to practice different kinds of journalism. Sometimes I’m an investigative reporter, scouring documents and using the Freedom of Information Act to find information the military does not want you to know.
What the 9/11 case defendants, lawyers and others wear at the war court, like all fashion, has meaning. It evokes emotions, stirs controversy and, above all, sends messages.
At issue is testimony by a former Army lieutenant colonel at the war court who challenged a key finding in the Senate’s Torture Report.