Thomas R. Eddlem
Some argue that the torture of innocents under the Bush/Cheney program simply needs to be reformed. But you can't reform the abuse of a program when the program is abuse. You can't defend constitutional liberties with a program that is by definition set against constitutional liberties. In the end, you don't fight tyranny by becoming the tyrant.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney and CIA Director Michael Hayden have been out front in the media defending the torture methods used by the CIA in the past decade in the wake of the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report, and the language of the federal statute on felony torture may help explain why. It's quite possible that Cheney, Hayden, and other Bush-era officials who ordered the torture techniques will face criminal convictions on felony torture charges if they do not generate enough political pressure to prevent a wave of indictments. by Thomas R. Eddlem
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