Thursday, December 15, 2005
Now, in the face of veto-proof majorities in both houses, the Bushies seem ready to retire inhumane, degrading prisoner interrogation techniques from the U.S. arsenal. That includes techniques like water-boarding and the use of cold cells--techniques that count as torture under any reasonable standard, but that the Bushies had previously refused to condemn.
We still haven't heard a forthright discussion of the practice of rendition, of course. And we're still waiting for an end to the use of secret prisons overseas.
But certainly, this is another step away from the morally corrosive posture of the last few years.