"We do not torture," Bush declared in response to reports of secret CIA prisons overseas. "We are finding terrorists and bringing them to justice. We are gathering information about where the terrorists may be hiding. We are trying to disrupt their plots and plans. Anything we do to that end in this effort, any activity we conduct, is within the law. We do not torture," Bush said.In other words, if they make sure it's legal, then it's not torture. The old tree-falls-in-the-forest defense.
Cheney Seeks CIA Exemption to Torture Ban
Vice President Dick Cheney made an unusual personal appeal to Republican senators this week to allow CIA exemptions to a proposed ban on the torture of terror suspects in U.S. custody, according to participants in a closed-door session. Cheney told his audience the United States doesn't engage in torture, these participants added, even though he said the administration needed an exemption from any legislation banning "cruel, inhuman or degrading" treatment in case the president decided one was necessary to prevent a terrorist attack.The party of moral superiority never ceases to amaze me. Indeed, this sort of thing is what gives my blog its name.