Torture report profile: James Pavitt

James Pavitt

James Pavitt

Role: CIA deputy director for operations
Years: 1999 to 2004

Pavitt, when interviewed by the CIA inspector general, confirmed telling interrogators that in March 2003 he wanted to know what Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) knew “fast” and “did not discount” ordering his waterboarding in a telephone call to the overseas prison where he was being held. KSM was waterboarded at least 183 times, doused, slapped, and thrown at walls during his detention. President Obama has called the waterboarding torture and Senate Democrats said Pavitt’s assertions about the program’s success were riddled with inaccuracies. Pavitt in 2003 privately described public revelation of the secret CIA prisons as the agency’s “worst nightmare.” Neither Pavitt nor a spokesperson responded to requests for comment.