Gul Rahman, one of the victims died in CIA custody in 2002 from hypothermia, dehydration and exposure. His family have never been officially notified of his death and have yet to receive his remains.
The defendants were two psychologists named James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, who received millions of dollars from the government for a company they established in 2005 to run the CIA torture program.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claimed that Mitchell, Jessen & Associates were paid over $80 million by the US government for their torture program that “preformed illegal human experimentation on CIA prisoners to test and refine the program”. The program’s methods were devised by Mitchell and Jessen, and ACLU claim the two “personally took part in torture sessions and oversaw the program’s implementation for the CIA”.
Mitchell, like other high-level architects of CIA torture, has so far faced no consequences for his role in the systematic atrocities perpetrated by the post-9/11 U.S. government and its private contractors.
Quoting this ruling as an unprecedented win, the rights activists saw glimmer of hope where the CIA torture victims would be able to call their torturers to account in court for the first time.
Over the course of five years, 119 men were abused using their techniques; the three plaintiffs in the suit were among the 39 subjected to the most harsh torture and scientific experimentation, which included anal penetration, mock execution, being doused with icy cold water, and enduring something akin to waterboarding.
In 2012, the Department of Justice announced that CIA officials responsible for the torture regime would not face criminal charges. Under the Trump administration, the things might get worse.
Watch the short docu-film regarding the torture program below –