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Many Americans want the Bush administration officials who employed and sanctioned torture to face justice. President Barack Obama hinted the attorney general might investigate this whole ugly business.
Republicans, who have become America's champions of war and torture, are fiercely resisting any investigation and lauding torture's benefits. So too are some senior intelligence officials.
Torture is a crime under U.S. law. It is a crime under the Third Geneva Convention, and the UN's anti-torture convention, both of which the U.S. signed. Kidnapping and moving suspects to be tortured in third countries is a crime. Torture violates core American values.
In 1945, the U.S. hanged Japanese officers for war crimes for inflicting "water-boarding" (near drowning) on U.S. prisoners -- exactly what the CIA inflicted on its Muslim captives.