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Everyone should read Washington Monthly's huge article on torture, "No More: No Torture. No Exceptions," which is available in both HTML and PDF. It contains dozens of short essays from across the political spectrum (Bob Barr and Dick Lugar to Jimmy Carter and Nancy Pelosi) about the moral necessity of abolishing torture. Many of the contributors mentioned Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, whose case clearly demonstrates torture's ineffectiveness in obtaining useful intelligence, despite conservatives' fantasizing that "Jack Bauer saved Los Angeles" via torture.

"The new president should formally declare in 2009 that the United States will not abuse or coerce detainees, maintain secret prisons where 'ghost' prisoners are secreted, or perform 'extraordinary renditions' of supposed terrorists to countries where they will likely be tortured. Only then can the United States more plausibly claim that she is the leader of the free world." (Peter Bergen)

"Let me be clear on one crucial point: it is the terrorists whom we won over with humane methods in the 1990s who continue to provide the most reliable intelligence we have in the fight against al-Qaeda. And it is the testimony of terrorists we tortured after 9/11 who have provided the most unreliable information, such as stories about a close connection between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. I never regret that the FBI didn't abuse its detainees. Had we done so, we would have had much less reliable intelligence, and we would have been morally debased. By instituting a policy of torture in the years following 9/11, we have recruited thousands to al-Qaeda's side. It has been a tragic waste."
(Jack Cloonan)

Chris Dodd referred to "Normandy, Nuremberg, [and] the Marshall Plan" as "the heights of America's moral authority in the last century." Bagram, Abu Ghraib, and Guantanamo--the legacy for which this administration will be most remembered--together represent the depths of American descent into Bush's moral depravity.

Thankfully, there are only 314 days left until the end of this pestilential presidency.

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