Wednesday, April 22, 2009

America Does Not Torture?

"This government does not torture people. We stick to U.S. law and our international obligations."

- President George W. Bush on October 5, 2007

That was then.

This is now.

Torture is a war crime. Prosecution of those who authorized and committed acts of torture is a constitutional obligation, not an option.

The Senate Armed Services Committee report explains the implications:

The abuse of detainees in U.S. custody cannot simply be attributed to the actions of "a few bad apples" acting on their own. The fact is that senior officials in the United States government solicited information on how to use aggressive techniques, redefined the law to create the appearance of their legality, and authorized their use against detainees. Those efforts damaged our ability to collect accurate intelligence that could save lives, strengthened the hand of our enemies and compromised our moral authority.