CIA Torture Architects Received Medals from the CIA

The architects of torture programs have been given medals from the CIA for their “work.” That such support of war crimes is supported — while peaceful dissent is increasingly punished by the state — is quite disturbing. CIA torture was also in the news this year when it was revealed that the CIA “accidentally” deleted its only copy of the 6700 page Senate Torture Report.

CIA torture architects received medals from the CIA for their work in designing torture programs.

Nearly 15 years after the United States adopted a program to interrogate terrorism suspects using techniques now widely considered to be torture, no one involved in helping craft it has been held legally accountable. Even as President Obama acknowledged that the United States “tortured some folks,” his administration declined to prosecute any government officials.

But now, one lawsuit has gone further than any other in American courts to fix blame. The suit, filed in October 2015 in Federal District Court in Spokane, Wash., by two former detainees in C.I.A. secret prisons and the representative of a third who died in custody, centers on two contractors, psychologists who were hired by the agency to help devise and run the program.

One of them, James E. Mitchell, has written a book to be released Tuesday about his involvement in the program. In the book, he argues that he acted with government permission and that he and Bruce Jessen, the other psychologist and his co-defendant in the lawsuit, received medals from the C.I.A.