Jonathan Millantz (left) and then-Lt. Phil Blanchard smile as an Iraqi detainee is forced to hold up a large board. Reveal has blocked the detainee’s eyes in this image to protect his identity. Credit: Courtesy of Jonathan Millantz

In December, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s scathing report on the CIA’s interrogation program exposed graphic accounts of the techniques used against terrorism suspects. But the use of torture by U.S. personnel was not limited to the CIA, nor was it limited to a group of brutal guards at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.

In this story, writer Joshua Phillips lifts the curtain on another episode of prisoner abuse in Iraq and its impact on one U.S. service member who participated in the violence and tried to stop it.

Phillips spent a decade interviewing troops who were involved in prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan.



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Julia B. Chan worked at The Center for Investigative Reporting until June, 2017. Julia B. Chan is a producer and the digital editor for Reveal's national public radio program. She’s the voice of Reveal online and manages the production and curation of digital story assets that are sent to more than 200 stations across the country. Previously, Chan helped The Center for Investigative Reporting launch YouTube’s first investigative news channel, The I Files, and led engagement strategies – online and off – for multimedia projects. She oversaw communications, worked to better connect CIR’s work with a bigger audience and developed creative content and collaborations to garner conversation and impact.

Before joining CIR, Chan worked as a Web editor and reporter at the San Francisco Examiner. She managed the newspaper’s digital strategy and orchestrated its first foray into social media and online engagement. A rare San Francisco native, she studied broadcasting at San Francisco State University, focusing on audio production and recording. Chan is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.