… if it’s done by the US on foreigners, and then it’s not torture, of course. Don’t believe it? Have a look yourself: “Alberto Gonzales has asserted to the Senate committee weighing his nomination to be attorney general that there’s a legal rationale for harsh treatment of foreign prisoners by U.S. forces. […] Gonzales told senators that laws and treaties prohibit torture by any U.S. agent without exception. But he said the Convention Against Torture treaty, as ratified by the Senate, doesn’t prohibit the use of ‘cruel, inhuman or degrading’ tactics on non-U.S. citizens who are captured abroad, in Iraq or elsewhere.” - story.
I don’t know what’s worse: That the president seriously wants to make a Schreibtischtäter Attorney General or that spineless yes-men (aka Republican Senators) will vote for that.
Update: Republicans love torture, too. It’ll be interesting to see how John McCain, who was tortured as a POW in Vietnam, will explain his vote for Alberto G.