War on Terror
Torture Scandal Timeline

Bush Family Values Photo Album "Iraq is free of rape rooms and torture chambers"
George W Bush, October 8, 2003, Republican National Committee Presidential Gala
1997 July - O. Lane McCotter, later appointed by Ashcroft as an Iraqi corrections adviser, is forced to resign as head of Utah Corrections when one of his inmates, a schizophrenic named Michael Valent, died after being strapped to a restraining chair for 16 hours (naked).
2001 November - Over 900 Taliban fighters die from suffocation after being stacked in sealed cargo containers for transport by US allies in the Northern Alliance.
2002 January - President Bush refuses to grant prisoner of war status to the detainees being held in Guantanamo.
February - Donald Rumsfeld calls complaints about the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay "isolated pockets of international hyperventilation".
April - Photos show American Taliban John Walker Lindh naked and strapped to a stretcher in a metal container.
July - US is criticized by its allies for trying to block a United Nations vote to strengthen a treaty on torture.
December - US admits to "Stress and Duress" techniques such as keeping prisoners in awkward, painful positions for long periods of time and sleep deprivation, as well as "rendering" uncooperative captives to foreign governments known to use torture.
2003 January - Two soldiers, Master Sgt. Lisa Girman and Staff Sgt. Scott McKenzie, chose discharge over court marshall when they were found guilty of mistreating Iraqi prisoners at Camp Bucca. 
March - The Red Cross first reports prisoner abuse in Iraq to officials
April - Pentagon approves tougher interrogation techniques for use on prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
May - US denies the Red Cross access to thousands of prisoners being held in Iraq.
June - British soldier Gary Bartlam was detained for questioning after he took a roll of film to be developed that contained photos of an Iraqi prisoner suspended from a forklift, and showing Iraqi prisoners being forced into sexual positions.
September -Guantanamo commander Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller recommends that  guards in Iraq become actively engaged in helping with intelligence gathering ("Gitmoize").
October - Military officials admit that Army Captain James Yee, a chaplain at Guantamo who was at one time charged with treason and adultery, was investigated after complaining about the treatment of detainees at Camp Delta.  All charges were later dropped.
November 19 - Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, formally placed Abu Ghraib under the command of the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade, which oversaw interrogations at the prison.

Under Construction ~ Sadly, Much More to Come

In the Taguba report, the US Army admits to the following:

...Intentional abuse of detainees by military police personnel included the following acts:

a. Punching, slapping, and kicking detainees; jumping on their naked feet;

b. Videotaping and photographing naked male and female detainees;

c. Forcibly arranging detainees in various sexually explicit positions for photographing;

d. Forcing detainees to remove their clothing and keeping them naked for several days at a time;

e. Forcing naked male detainees to wear women's underwear;

f. Forcing groups of male detainees to masturbate themselves while being photographed and videotaped;

g. Arranging naked male detainees in a pile and then jumping on them;

h. Positioning a naked detainee on a MRE Box, with a sandbag on his head, and attaching wires to his fingers, toes, and penis to simulate electric torture;

j. Placing a dog chain or strap around a naked detainee's neck and having a female soldier pose for a picture;

k. A male MP guard having sex with a female detainee;

l. Using military working dogs (without muzzles) to intimidate and frighten detainees, and in at least one case biting and severely injuring a detainee

These findings are amply supported by written confessions provided by several of the suspects, written statements provided by detainees, and witness statements. 

In addition, several detainees also described the following acts of abuse, which under the circumstances, I find credible based on the clarity of their statements and supporting evidence provided by other witnesses (ANNEX 26):

a. Breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees;

b. Threatening detainees with a charged 9mm pistol;

c. Pouring cold water on naked detainees;

d. Beating detainees with a broom handle and a chair;

e. Threatening male detainees with rape;

g. Sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick."