Torture Timeline 2

Torture Timeline
September 17 (alternately, 15), 2001: Bush signs Memorandum of Notification authorizing CIA to capture, detain, and interrogate al Qaeda figures.
October 21, 2001: OLC memo eviscerating 4th Amendment.
December 17, 2001: DoD OGC asks JPRA for information about detainee “exploitation.”
December 2001 or January 2002: James Mitchell asked Bruce Jessen to  review documents describing al Qaeda resistence training. They generated a paper on al Qaeda resistence capabilities and countermeasures.
December 18, 2001: Ibn Sheikh al-Libi captured. After being tortured, al-Libi made up stories about Al Qaeda ties to Iraq.
December 27, 2001: Rumsfeld announces plans to hold detainees at Gitmo.
January 20, 2002: Bybee to Abu Gonzales memo specifying that common article 3 of the Geneva Convention does not apply to “an armed conflict between a nation-state and a transnational terrorist organization.”
2002
January 25, 2002: Gonzales memo for Bush recommends against applying the Geneva Convention to enemy detainees.
January 2002: Supplemental Public Affairs Guidance on Detainees affirms Geneva Convention wrt media photographs. 

 

February 2, 2002: William Taft argues for the application of Geneva Conventions. 

 

February 12, 2002: Jessen sends paper on al Qaeda resistance capabilityies to JPRA commander Randy Moulton. 

 

Before February 22, 2002: After the interrogation team declares al-Libi compliant, Cheney orders him to be waterboarded again. 

 

February 22, 2002: DIA voices doubts about al-Libi’s claims of Iraq-al Qaeda ties. 

 

March 28, 2002: Abu Zubaydah taken into custody.
March 29, 2002: James Mitchell closes consulting company, Knowledge Works, in NC. 

 

March 31, 2002: Abu Zubaydah flown to Thailand. 

 

April 2002: CIA OGC lawyers begin conversations with John Bellinger and John Yoo/Jay Bybee on proposed interrogation plan for Abu Zubaydah. Bellinger briefed Condi, Hadley, and Gonzales, as well as Ashcroft and Chertoff.
April 16, 2002: Bruce Jessen circulates draft exploitation plan to JPRA Commander.
May 2, 2002: The US “un-signs” the International Criminal Court treaty.
May 8, 2002: Jose Padilla taken into custody based on material warrant signed by Michael Mukasey and based on testimony from Abu Zubaydah.
Mid-May 2002: CIA OGC lawyers meet with Ashcroft, Condi, Hadley, Bellinger, and Gonzales to discuss alternative interrogation methods, including waterboarding.
Mid to Late May: Ali Soufan leaves interrogation because of “borderline torture” (threat of small box confinement).
May 28, 2002: CIA HQ sends cable to Abu Zubaydah’s interrogators.
June 25, 2002: Moussaoui arraigned.
July 10, 2002: Date of first interrogation report from Abu Zubaydah cited in 9/11 Report.
July 13, 2002: CIA OGC (Rizzo?) meets with Bellinger, Yoo, Chertoff, Daniel Levin, and Gonzales for overview of interrogation plan.
July 17, 2002: Tenet met with Condi, who advised CIA could proceed with torture, subject to a determination of legality by OLC.
Late July 2002: Bybee discusses SERE with Yoo and Ashcroft.
July 24, 2002: Bybee advised CIA that Ashcroft concluded proposed techniques were legal.
July 26, 2002: Bybee tells CIA waterboarding is legal. CIA begins to waterboard Abu Zubaydah. 

 

July 31, 2002: DIA issues second report doubting al-Libi’s confession of Iraq-al Qaeda ties.
August 1, 2002: “Bybee Memo” (written by John Yoo) describes torture as that which is equivalent to :the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death.”
September 4, 2002: Porter Goss and Nancy Pelosi briefed on OLC memos, not told Abu Zubaydah had already been tortured.
September 11, 2002: Ramzi bin al-Shibh captured, purportedly as a result of intelligence gained through torturing Abu Zubaydah.
September 16, 2002: JTF 170 Gitmo attend training at JPRA’s SERE school.
September 25, 2002: Jim Haynes, John Rizzo, David Addington, Jack Goldsmith, Patrick Philbin, Alice Fisher visit Gitmo and Charleston (Padilla) and Norfolk (Hamdi) brigs. 

 

September 27, 2002: Bob Graham and Richard Shelby briefed on torture.
October 2, 2002: Gitmo lawyers draft list of new techniques; Johnathan Fredman (Chief Counsel to CTC) attends meeting.
October 11, 2002: Dunlavey requests authority to use aggressive techniques.
October 25, 2002: General Hill forwards Dunlavey’s request to Richard Myers.
October 2002: Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri captured. Held and interrogated in Dubai for a month then handed over to US custody.
November, 2002: Afghan detained in Kabul freezes to death in CIA custody.
November 22, 2002: Nashiri’s capture publicly announced.
November 23, 2002: Abuse of Mohammed al-Khatani begins.
November 27, 2002: Haynes recommends Rumsfeld approve most aggressive techniques for use at Gitmo.
December 2, 2002: Rumsfeld approves aggressive techniques for Gitmo.
December 3, 2002: Habibullah dies after being tortured.
December 4, 2002: CIA stops taping Abu Zubaydah and al-Nashiri’s interrogations.
December 9 or 10, 2002: Dilawar dies after being tortured.
2003
2003, unknown date: CIA stops using water-boarding.
January 2003: CIA OIG starts investigation of detainee interrogation.
January 2003: Leonie Brinkema grants Moussaoui right to interview Ramzi Bin-al-Shibh by video.
January 15, 2003: After having three-times orally warned Jim Haynes that Gitmo interrogation techniques “could rise to the level of torture,” Alberto Mora drafts memo and threatens to sign it unless techniques stopped. Techniques stopped. Rumsfeld convenes “Working Group” on interrogation, but Haynes directs Yoo to draft memo anyway.
January 28, 2003: Tenet writes memo to OLC outlining acceptable interrogation methods and stating that records must be kept.
February 2003: CIA claims to have informed Intell leadership of torture tapes’ destruction; though SSCI has no records.
January 2003: Pat Roberts is briefed on torture, along with staff director and minority staff director of Committee; Jay Rockefeller did not attend briefing.
February 5, 2003: Jane Harman and Porter Goss briefed on interrogation methods and torture tape.
February 10, 2003: Harman writes letter advising against the destruction of the tape.
February 28, 2003: Scott Muller responds to Harman without addressing the tapes.
March 2003: According to NYT report, the CIA briefs Congress on destroying the torture tapes.
March 2003: Public Affairs Guidance for Media Coverage of EPWs and Detainees allows photos (within guidelines) but prohibits photographs of custody operations or interviews.
March 1, 2003: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and al-Hasawi captured.
March 5, 2003: Majid Khan captured.
March 6, 2003: KSM’s torture begins.
March 13, 2003: Jay Bybee leaves.
March 14, 2003: John Yoo opinion on torture, governing interrogations by DOD.
After March 2003: Roberts and Rockefeller  briefed on torture.
April 29, 2003: Walid bin Attash and Ali Abdul Aziz Mohammed captured.
May 2003: Government tells Leonie Brinkema it has no interrogation tapes.
May 2003: CIA OIG reviews torture tapes at black site.
June 6, 2003: 9/11 Commission requests “‘all TDs and other reports” of intelligence information obtained from interrogations of forty named individuals from CIA, DOD, and FBI.
June 8, 2003: Bin Amin captured.
June 26, 2003: In speech, Bush says we will prosecute those who torture. In response, Tenet requests and gets memo approving of water-boarding–giving the program “top cover.”
July 2003: Tenet and Muller meet with Cheney, Condi, Ashcroft, Acting head of OLC?, Yoo, Gonzales, and Bellinger to discuss torture. Principals reaffirmed that program was lawful.
July 13, 2003: CIA Directorate of Intelligence, Khalid Shaykh Muhammed: Preeminent Source on Al-Qa’ida (July 13, 2004) created.
August 11, 2003: Bin Lep and Hambali captured. 

 

August 13, 2003: Rumsfeld approves plan for Mohamedou Ould Slahi including sensory deprivation and “sleep adjustment.”
Mid-August 2003: CJTF HQ in Iraq requests “wish list” of interrogation techniques, stating “we want these detainees broken.”
August 31 to September 9, 2003: Major General Geoffrey Miller ordered to Abu Ghraib from Gitmo.
September 4, 2003: Roberts and Rockefeller briefed; presentation compared torture with other interrogation methods.
September 4, 2003: Goss and Harman briefed; presentation compared torture with other interrogation methods.
September 10, 2003: Government refuses to let Moussaoui question Al Qaeda witnesses.
September 16, 2003: Colin Powell and Rummy briefed on torture. 

 

September 22 and September 25, 2003: 9/11 discussions with CIA about interrogation process.
October 1, 2003: Hamdi petition filed with SCOTUS.
October 7, 2003: ACLU first FOIAs documents pertaining to detainee interrogations.
October 14 and 16, 2003: 9/11 Commission sends questions to CIA General Counsel Scott Muller on interrogations.
October 31 and November 7, 2003: Response to 9/11 Commission with little new information.
Fall 2003: General Sanchez visits Abu Ghraib regularly.
December 2003: Jack Goldsmith tells Rummy he will withdraw March 2003 opinion on torture.
December 23, 2003: 9/11 Commission requests access from Tenet to seven detainees; Tenet says no; Lee Hamilton asks for any responsive documents.

 

 

January 5, 2004: 9/11 Commission decides CIA responses inadequate.

January 9, 2004: SCOTUS agrees to hear Hamdi.

January 13, 2004: Joseph Darby gives CID a CD of images of abuse.

January 15, 2004: Memo to Gonzales, Muller, and Steve Cambone asking for more information on interrogations.

January 15, 2004: General Craddick receives email summary of Abu Ghraib story.

January 19, 2004: General Sanchez requests investigation of allegations of abuse.

January 20, 2004: Craddick and Admiral Keating receive another notice of abuse.

January 2004: General Myers learns of Abu Ghraib abuse.

January 23, 2004: Hassan Ghul captured.

January 24, 2004: FBI On Scene Commander tells FBI Deputy Assistant Director Bald about Abu Ghraib.

January 26, 2004: After negotiations with Gonzales, Tenet, Rummy, and Christopher Wray from DOJ, 9/11 Commission accepts asking questions through intermediary.

January 31, 2004: Taguba appointed to conduct investigation.

February 9, 2004: 9/11 Commission requests “all TDs and reports related to the attack on the USS Cole, including intelligence information obtained from the interrogations of Abd al Rashim al Nashiri” from CIA.

February 2 to 29, 2004: Taguba’s team in Iraq, conducting investigation.

March 2, 2004: Padilla interrogation. The tape of the interrogation would later disappear.

March 9, 2004: Taguba submits his report.

Late March, 2004: 60 Minutes II starts on Abu Ghraib story.

April 2004: General Miller ordered to Abu Ghraib to fix problems.

April 7, 2004 (approximately): 60 Minutes II acquires photos authenticating Abu Ghraib story.

Mid-April, 2004: General Myers calls Dan Rather to ask him to delay story.

Mid-April, 2004: Taguba begins to brief officers on his report (“weeks” before his May 6 meeting with Rummy).

April 28, 2004: Hamdi and Padilla argued before SCOTUS. Paul Clement assures the Court that we don’t torture. 60 Minutes breaks Abu Ghraib story and proves he’s wrong.

May 2004 (within days after Abu Ghraib becomes public): CIA briefing for Addington, Bellinger, and Gonzales on torture tapes.

May 6, 2004: Taguba meets with Rummy, Wolfowitz, Cambone, Myers, and others

In the meeting, the officials professed ignorance about Abu Ghraib. “Could you tell us what happened?” Wolfowitz asked.

[snip]

“Here I am,” Taguba recalled Rumsfeld saying, “just a Secretary of Defense, and we have not seen a copy of your report. I have not seen the photographs, and I have to testify to Congress tomorrow and talk about this.”

May 7, 2004: Rummy testifies before Congress on Abu Ghraib.

May 7, 2004: CIA OIG draft report on interrogation techniques. Though this document is heavily redacted, reports say the investigation found interrogation techniques constitute cruel and inhuman treatment.

May 2004: Muller meets with Gonzales, Addington, Bellinger, and “senior DOJ officials” about the IG report.

May 10 2004: Sy Hersh’s Abu Ghraib story.

May 20, 2004: 9/11 Commission asks about Abu Zubaydah reference to Saudi prince; they get no response.

June 3, 2004: Tenet announces his resignation; John McLaughlin resigns as well. SOUTHCOM Commander James Hill traces source of abusive techniques used on al-Qahtani to SERE training.

June 2004: (After announcing his resignation) Tenet requests more explicit approval water-boarding.

June 2004: Roberts, Rockefeller, and staff directors get copies of CIA IG report.

June 7, 2004: WSJ refers to March 2003 OLC opinion.

June 8, 2004: WaPo reports on details of Bybee Memo.

June 15, 2004: Goldsmith informs Ashcroft he will withdraw Bybee Memo and resigns. This effectively leaves the CIA with no legal protection for the water-boarding it had already done.

June 17, 2004: Jack Goldsmith announces his resignation.

June 22, 2004: In an off-the-record briefing, Comey, Goldsmith, and Philbin renounce Bybee Memo.

June 24, 2004: Ted Olson announces his resignation, citing frustration that he did not learn of memos justifying legal decisions.

June 28, 2004: Hamdi decision.

June 29, 2004: John McLaughlin confirms that CIA “has taken and completed all reasonable steps necessary to find the documents in its possession, custody, or control responsive” to the 9/11 Commission’s formal requests and “has produced or made available for review” all such documents.

July 2004: Scott Muller resigns as General Counsel of CIA.

July 2004: Principals meeting–all agree to seek new OLC memo.

July 2004: CIA briefs Roberts and Rockefeller on IG Report; CIA indicates it is determining whether program consistent with CAT.

July 11, 2004: Tenet’s resignation effective.

mid-July 2004: CIA gets its more detailed authorization for water-boarding.

July 13, 2004: Porter Goss and Jane Harman briefed on IG report and legal issues.

July 14, 2004: Associate Deputy Attorney General (?) explains Senate reservation on CAT.

July 15, 2004: Pat Roberts and Jay Rockefeller briefed on IG report and legal issues.

July 20, 2004: CIA requests new legal advice from OLC (13 page letter).

July 22, 2004: Ashcroft confirms to Acting DCI (McLaughlin?) that all techniques except waterboarding legal under CAT.

July 25, 2004: Ghailani captured.

August 6, 2004: Daniel Levin advises that subject to reservations, CIA’s use of waterboarding not illegal.

September 22, 2004: Porter Goss becomes DCI.

November 2004: Steven Kappes resigns; Jose Rodrigquez replaces him as Deputy Director of CIA for Operations. Rodriguez is reported to be the person who ordered the terror tapes’ destruction.

December 30, 2004: Daniel Levin writes new torture memo (he’s the guy who waterboarded himself so he could prove it was torture); it ignores the questions about torture’s compliance with the 5th, 8th, and 14th amendments under CAT.

January 2005: Abu Gonzales renounces the Bybee Memo, sort of.

January 25, 2005: Crazy Pete Hoekstra and Jane Harman briefed.

February 2005: Senior CIA official provides incomplete account of CIA treatment of detainees at HPSCI briefing.

February 3, 2005: Gonzales confirmed.

February 4, 2005: Acting Assistant Attorney General of the OLC Daniel Levin writes to DOD General Counsel Haynes reminding him again of both Goldsmith’s opinion and Philbin’s testimony. He informs Haynes that the March 2003 Yoo memo has been formally withdrawn.

February 14, 2005: Gonzales sworn in.

March 2, 2005: Memorandum for Steven G. Bradbury, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, from [redacted], DCI Counterterrorist Center, Re: Effectiveness of the CIA Counterintelligence Interrogation Techniques created.

March 7 2005: CIA briefs Roberts and Rockefeller on torture.

March 8, 2005: CIA briefs Roberts, Rockefeller, Goss, and Harman on torture.

April 8, 2005: May 10, 2005 Bradbury memos drafted.

April 15, 2005: Fax from [redacted], DCI Counterterrorist Center, Briefing Notes on the Value of Detainee Reporting created.

April 20, 2005: DOJ announces Comey’s resignation.

April 22, 2005: Moussaoui pleads guilty.

May 2005: Jello Jay Rockefeller writes to CIA IG requesting terror tape investigation materials; he doesn’t receive them.

May 10, 2005: DOJ produces two memos allowing CIA to torture. (Techniques, Combined)

May 25, 2005: Flanigan nominated for DAG.

May 30, 2005: DOJ produces another torture memo.

June 1, 2005: Cheney CYA document created.

Summer 2005: Negroponte writes a memo to Porter Goss strongly advising him not to destroy the torture tapes.

June 2005: Senior CIA Officer tells SSCI the CIA does not engage in cruel or inhuman treatment.

July 2, 2005: Public Affairs Guidance for High Value Individual Capture permits photographing high value detainees (within guidelines).

July 21, 2005: House passes revised version of PATRIOT Act.

July 30, 2005: Senate passes revised version of PATRIOT Act.

July 21, 2005: Cheney attempts to persuade McCain and others not to restrict detention policies.

The Bush administration in recent days has been lobbying to block legislation supported by Republican senators that would bar the U.S. military from engaging in “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” of detainees, from hiding prisoners from the Red Cross, and from using interrogation methods not authorized by a new Army field manual.

August 1, 2005: 101st Airborne Division Detention SOP states that “detainees will not be photographed, humiliated or placed in positions with sexual overtones.” Division General Order Number 1 (not clear if this is part of the SOP or not) prohibits soldiers taking photographs of detainees unless conducted pursuant to official duties, which include, intelligence gathering and official investigations.” [my emphasis]

August 15, 2005: Comey’s Farewell Address.

October 2005: Bradbury notes in QFR that we abide by Article 16.

October 5, 2005: McCain’s Detainee Treatment Act passes Senate; it prohibits cruel and unusal treatment for all detainees and makes the Army Field Manual the standard for all DOD detainees.

October 7, 2005: Tim Flanigan withdraws from consideration for DAG.

October 18, 2005: Ted Stevens and Thad Cochran briefed on torture; they were two of just 9 Senators who opposed DTA and both had already been named as conferees on bill.

October 20, 2005: The week before the House and Senate meet to resolve the bill, Cheney makes a third attempt to convince McCain not to restrict the use of torture, which McCain again rejects.

Late October, 2005: McCain briefed on torture–probably on October 20, 2005 meeting with Goss and Cheney.

October 22, 2005: USCENTCOM Policy Prohibiting Photographing or Filming Detainees … or Posting Visual Images Depicting Human Casualties prohibits photographing or filming detainees as well as the possession, distribution, transfer or position … of visual images depicting detainees.” [my emphasis]

October 22, 2005: Paul McNulty–whose ED VA USA Office oversaw Moussaoui prosecution–nominated to be Deputy Attorney General.

October 31, 2005: Bill Frist briefed on torture.

November, unknown day: CIA destroys terror tapes from High Value Al Qaeda Detainees.

November 1, 2005: Bill Frist briefed on torture.

November 1, 2005: Dana Priest reveals the use of black sites in Europe. In response, CIA starts moving detainees from the countries in question.

November 3, 2005: Leonie Brinkema inquires whether govt has video or audio tapes of interrogations.

November 4, 2005: Member of Congress writes four page letter to CIA IG.

November 7, 2005: Detention Operations at Multinational Corps-Iraq prohibits coalition and Iraqi forces from photographing detainees.

November 8, 2005: CIA reaffirms March 2005 statement that all interrogation methods are lawful. Duncan Hunter briefed on torture. Pete Hoekstra briefed on torture.

November 9, 2005: Doug Jehl article on spring 2004 CIA IG report on interrogation methods appears.

Mid-November, 2005: CIA destroys torture tapes depicting torture of Abu Zubaydah and al-Nashiri.

November 14, 2005: Govt tells Brinkema it has no audio or video tapes.

November 22, 2005: DOJ brings charges against Padilla, avoiding an imminent hearing on the case before SCOTUS.

December 2005: Condi and Hadley states US policy accords with Article 16.

December 13, 2005: The Army approves new Field Manual, which seems to push the limits intended by McCain’s amendment.

December 14, 2005: PATRIOT Act reauthorization comes out of conference.

December 16, 2005: Risen and Lichtblau’s first story on the NSA domestic spy program. Cheney provides emergency briefings on program. PATRIOT Act reauthorization defeated in Senate.

December 19, 2005: The House passes the Conference Report on McCain torture bill.

December 20, 2005: The Administration writes document clarifying its policy on photographing detainees.

December 21, 2005: The Senate passes the Conference Report on McCain torture bill.

December 2005: Porter Goss writes memo refusing to torture anymore without a new DOJ approval.

December 22, 2005: House passes one month extension of PATRIOT Act.

December 30, 2005: President Bush signs the Appropriations Bill, issuing a signing statement “interpreting” the McCain amendment.

Christmas break, 2005-2006: Hadley calls Goss to try to get him to back off memo.

April 20, 2006: Mary McCarthy fired from CIA, purportedly for leaking to Dana Priest.

May 4, 2006: Moussaoui sentenced to life in prison.

May 5, 2006: Porter Goss resigns as DCI; General Michael Hayden replaces him.

June 29, 2006: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld rules Article 3 applies to al Qaeda.

Summer 2006: Condi wins argument to move high value detainees to Gitmo.

July 11, 2006: Roberts and Rockefeller briefed on “potential to revive use of the [torture] program.”

July 24, 2006: Steven Kappes returns to CIA as Deputy Director.

August 2006: Opinions on Detainee Treatment Act, “interpretation” of Common Article 3, both on confinement.

September 6, 2006: Bush admits to secret detention program for High Value Detainees. All members of SSCI obtain access to CIA IG Report and Bybee II Opinion. Hayden briefs Frist and Reid. Hayden briefs Jane Harman. Hayde briefs full SSCI committee (less Ron Wyden). Hayden briefs full HPSCI (Mike Rogers did not attend second briefing).

September 19, 2006: Bill Young and John Murtha briefed (Murtha not present for torture techniques discussion).

October 6 to 10, 2006: ICRC visits High Value Detainees at Gitmo.

October 17, 2006: The Military Commissions Act signed into law.

November 2006: CIA claims SSCI was informed the Al Qaeda torture tapes were destroyed; SSCI claims it has no records to back that claim.

November 16, 2006: CIA briefs most of SSCI (Roberts, DeWine, Rockefeller, Bayh, Bond, Chambliss, Feingold, Feinstein, Levin, Lott, Mikulski, Warner).

November 16, 2006: CIA briefs HPSCI on torture.

December 4 to 14, 2006: ICRC makes second visit to High Value Detainees.

December 19, 2006: Hayden briefs Silvestre Reyes.

February 14, 2007: ICRC completes report on 14 High Value Detainees.

March 9, 2007: Padilla attorneys reveal March 2, 2004 tape missing.

March 14, 2007: Hayden briefs HPSCI.

April 12, 2007: CIA briefs ICRC Report on torture to most of SSCI (Rockefeller, Bond, Levin, Feinstein, Burr, Hatch, Warner, Feingold, Chambliss, Nelson).

May 15, 2007: DoD issues document preservation order for documents relating to Jessen Mitchell.

June 19, 2007: John Rizzo nomination hearing–briefs torture to Rockefeller, Bond, Bayh, Feingold, Feinstein, Levin, Snowe, Warner, Whitehouse, Wyden.

July 2007: EO 13440 interprets Common Article 3. OLC issues legal opinion analyzing torture. Does not include analysis of anti-torture statute but refers to May 2005 opinions.  Does not address waterboarding.

August 2, 2007: SSCI hearing on EO 13440, Common Article 3. (Rockefeller, Bond, Chambliss, Feingold, Feinstein, Levin, Mikulski, Nelson, Snowe, Wyden, Warner.

September 13, 2007: In the course of a different national security matter, CIA discovers interrogation tapes not disclosed during the Moussaoui trial.

September 14, 2007: CIA announces Michael Sulick will return to lead Directorate of Operations.

September 17, 2007: Michael Mukasey, who signed off on a warrant based on the torture testimony of Abu Zubaydah, nominated to be Attorney General.

September 25, 2007: John Rizzo’s nomination to be CIA General Counsel withdrawn.

September 30, 2007: Jose Rodriguez (purported to be the person that ordered the destruction of the tapes) retires.

October 11, 2007: Michael Hayden announces investigation into CIA’s IG, John Helgerson. Hayden discusses “number of detainees subjected to” torture with John Murtha.

October 25, 2007: DOJ informs Leonie Brinkema that they’ve discovered three interrogation tapes.

November 2, 2007: Cheney Counsel Shannen Coffin leaves, with little notice.

November 9, 2007: Bill Nelson briefed on torture.

December 6, 2007: NYT reports that CIA destroyed tapes.

December 11, 2007: Hayden briefs SSCI on torture tapes, reading techniques used on Abu Zubaydah (including waterboarding) during hearing (Feinstein, Wyden, Bauh, Mikulski, Feingold, Nelson, Whitehouse, Levin, Warner, Hagel, Hatch, Snowe, Burr).

December 14, 2007: Michael Mukasey refuses to share information on torture tape inquiry with Congress, citing the need to avoid politicization of investigation (he would later change his mind).

January 2, 2008: Mukasey announces criminal investigation of torture tape destruction.

January 16, 2008: John Rizzo, acting General Counsel for the CIA, testifies before HPSCI about torture tape destruction. Jose Rodriguez refuses to testify without immunity. (Reyes, Eshoo, Hoekstra, Schakowsky, Rogers, Ruppersberger, Issa, Gallegy, Thornberry, Langevin, Cramer, Everett, Boswell, McHugh, Tiahrt, Murphy, Holt.)

January 30, 2008: Mukasey states waterboarding not used.

February 5, 2008: Michael Hayden admits to waterboarding of three detainees at Annual SSCI Threat Assessment briefing. (Feinstein, Rockefeller, Bayh, Whitehouse, Warner, Hatch, Feingold, Snowe, Chambliss, Nelson, Bond.)

Feburary 14, 2008: HJC OLC oversight hearing. (Jerry Nadler, Trent Franks, Artur Davis, Mel Watt, Bobby Scott, Darrell Issa, John Bradbury, Keith Ellison.)

February 14, 2008: Steven Bradbury admits waterboarding “adapted from SERE.”

March 31, 2008: 2003 Yoo Torture Memo declassified.

May 13, 2008: Convening Authority dismisses all charges against al-Qahtani.

May 19, 2008: Administration makes “all” OLC opinions “and other documents” available to SSCI.

April 6: NYRB posts the Red Cross report on high value detainees.

April 8, 2009: Dusty Foggo interviewed in torture tape case.

April 9: CIA Director Leon Panetta bans contractors from conducting interrogations, black sites.

April 16: Obama statement on memo release, torture memos released:

  • August 1, 2002: Memo from Jay Bybee, Assistant Attorney General, OLC, to John A. Rizzo, General Counsel CIA
  • May 10, 2005: Memo from Steven Bradbury, Acting Assistant Attorney General, OLC, to John A. Rizzo, General Counsel CIA [“Techniques”]
  • May 10, 2005: Memo from Steven Bradbury, Acting Assistant Attorney General, OLC, to John A. Rizzo, General Counsel CIA [“Combined”]
  • May 30, 2005: Memo from Steven Bradbury, Acting Assistant Attorney General, OLC, to John A. Rizzo, General Counsel CIA

April 21: Senate Armed Services Committee releases declassified Inquiry into the Treatment of Detainees in US Custody.

April 22: Senate Intelligence Committee releases declassified Narrative Describing the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel’s Opinions on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program (Jello Jay’s statement on the release).

April 23: Ali Soufan, FBI interrogator, publishes NYT op-ed describing early interrogation of Abu Zubaydah.

April 23: DOJ announces it will release a number of photos showing detainee abuse that had previously been FOIAed, along with thousands more.

April 24: In ACLU FOIA case, Judge Hellerstein orders a more expansive response on torture tape documents from CIA.

April 24: WaPo releases JPRA memo–which had been circulated among the torture architects–using the word “torture” and warning that torture will beget false information.