The news story of the day is, of course, the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the torture of prisoners from 2001 to 2006. There are as many views of this report as there are individuals remarking on it.
Those who are defending the practice say it saved lives.
Those who condemn it say not only did it not save lives but it injured U. S. interests.
My view is that what was done was torture; torture is wrong, full stop; and even it it were effective and furthered national interests, there are no circumstances whatever under which intelligence officers should lie to the Senate.
I disagree with those who believe that the torturers should receive official pardons. The logic that defends that course of action is flatly wrong and contrary to human nature and I don’t honestly care if the Senate Intelligence Committee has partisan motives.
The forum in which whether the actions of those who did the torturing were legal or not should be a court of law rather than the Bush Justice Department. That goes for perjury before the Congress as well. The perjurors including Gen. Hayden and anyone else who clearly lied to the Senate under oath should be charged with perjury and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.