The CIA torture program caused profound, and in numerous cases permanent, psychological and physical harm to its victims.
CIA torture program victims have suffered permanent psychological and physical damage, as it should have been clear from the outset they would if subjected to “enhanced interrogation.” To take just three examples:
The CIA repeatedly slammed Zubaydah against a concrete wall, locked him in “confinement boxes” for more than 12 days over a 20-day period, and waterboarded him to the point that he “became completely unresponsive with bubbles rising through his open, full mouth.” Some of the sessions were so gruesome that the CIA reported officers being “profoundly affected,” in some cases “to the point of tears and choking up,” and that several personnel were “likely to elect transfer” if the torture continued.
To this day, both Zubaydah and al-Nashiri—like other torture program victims—remain captive at the Guantanamo prison with no current prospect of release. The prolonged, indefinite detention they continue to endure exacerbates the trauma they have experienced. None of them has access to rehabilitation services, or, in many cases, to adequate medical care more generally.