Architect of C.I.A. Interrogation Program Testifies at Guantánamo Bay


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.

"I thought my moral duty," he said, choking up, "to protect American lives outweighed the feelings of discomfort of terrorists who voluntarily took up arms against us. To me it just seemed like it would be dereliction of my moral responsibilities. I'd get up today and do it again," he said.

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