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Nothing To Debate Here

The good news is that the so-called “Torture Debate” is now dominating the news, and shows no signs of going away any time soon.  The bad news is that much of the discussion is totally off base.  For example, Dick Cheney and others are pushing the story line that torture works.  Well, that’s not relevant to the discussion — that’s a totally different issue.  If you think torture works (most experts don’t) and you think it’s morally OK (which begs the question of whether or not you even have morals), then what you need to be doing is lobbying your congressional representatives to pass legislation making it legal.  Because right now it’s not legal, and it wasn’t legal when the Bush administration was doing it.  Which is why there is really nothing that is open to debate.  The undisputed facts are:

1) Torture is illegal.

2) The Bush administration tortured prisoners.

3) Given that we are a nation of laws and not men, those who took part in the torturing must be prosecuted.

    It really is that simple.  There’s nothing much to debate — let the Justice Department start doing its job.