“Upon his arrival in the black sites, he was immediately tortured,” she said. “Not immediately interrogated. Immediately tortured.”
She cited federal and congressional investigations that confirmed he was held naked in isolation while shackled in painful positions, had water poured down his nose and throat, and was forced to squat with a broom behind his knees. Each situation was illustrated by a drawing that is now evidence in the case.
“This is, frankly, un-American,” she said. “This is not who we are. But it is what we did.”
The chief prosecutor, Col. George C. Kraehe, said the true torture victims were the families of the dead, “who have been rendered for their lifetimes horrified, terrorized, bereft of their precious loved ones, stolen from them by the accused’s barbaric acts.”
“Our task here is not to give the accused justice,” Colonel Kraehe said. “Our task here is to give the victims justice.”
He defended the C.I.A. interrogation program as a product of the time, “at the start of the war on terror, when the United States sought to defend itself and the world from forces that had viciously attacked the United States, killing thousands of innocents, forces that had attacked other countries, forces that sought to destroy the American way of life. This war continues to this day.”