Although there were persistent reports (many of them documented) of US use of torture as a part of the War on Terror during George W. Bush's administration, it was officially denied until President Obama's 2014 admission that "we tortured some folks", which was followed a few months later by the release of the (highly redacted) US Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's use of torture.
- "The United States does not torture. It's against our laws and it's against our values. I have not authorised it and I will not authorise it." -- George W. Bush 
Apparently Senator John McCain tried to add an amendment (to the 2006 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill) which would have banned "torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners"; VP Cheney has been campaigning hard to have the amendment modified to exempt the CIA from the ban. This article apparently describes what ultimately happened.
- Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (2006) held that military commissions set up by the Bush administration to try Guantanamo detainees "violate both the UCMJ and the four Geneva Conventions"
- Rasul v. Bush (2004) established that the U.S. court system does have the authority to decide whether foreign nationals (non-U.S. citizens) held in Guantanamo Bay were rightfully imprisoned
- Wikipedia: Khalid El-Masri, a German citizen falsely detained, flown to Afghanistan, and tortured by the CIA as part of the war on terror
News & Views
- 2007-10-06 President Bush defends U.S. interrogation tactics
- 2006-10-26 Cheney confirms waterboarding: "Vice President Dick Cheney has confirmed U.S. interrogators subjected captured senior al-Qaida suspects to a controversial interrogation technique called waterboarding, which creates a sensation of drowning. .. Cheney indicated the Bush administration doesn't regard waterboarding as torture and allows the CIA to use it. "It's a no-brainer for me," Cheney said."
- 2006-10-06 Marine Swears Gitmo Guards Bragged Of Abuse (Associated Press)
- 2006-09-16 Bush's Fight with Congress over Torture Defines Our Character
- 2006-08-10 The Unending Torture of Omar Khadr by Jeff Tietz, Rolling Stone
- 2006-05-23 How Torture Became Mainstream by Alfred W. McCoy, Amnesty International
- 2006-03-05 US Operatives Torture Detainees to Death in Afghanistan and Iraq (item #7) by Dahr Jamail
- 2005-11-07 Cheney Fights for Detainee Policy by Dana Priest and Robin Wright, Washington Post Staff Writers
- 2005-11-02 CIA Holds Terror Suspects in Secret Prisons: "Debate Is Growing Within Agency About Legality and Morality of Overseas System Set Up After 9/11" by Dana Priest