The article also notes that these methods are "similar to those approved at times by the Bush administration for use on detainees in U.S. custody."
Donald Rumsfled is specifically noted to be responsible for many of these actions:
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld approved in December 2002 a number of severe measures, including the stripping of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and using dogs to frighten them. He later rescinded those tactics and signed off on a shorter list of "exceptional techniques," including 20-hour interrogations, face slapping, stripping detainees to create "a feeling of helplessness and dependence," and using dogs to increase anxiety.