The CIA/neocon torturers systematically lied to be able to continue their sadism and to cover their utter failure.
A report by the Senate Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA misled the government and the public about aspects of its brutal interrogation program for years — concealing details about the severity of its methods, overstating the significance of plots and prisoners, and taking credit for critical pieces of intelligence that detainees had in fact surrendered before they were subjected to harsh techniques.
The report, built around detailed chronologies of dozens of CIA detainees, documents a long-standing pattern of unsubstantiated claims as agency officials sought permission to use — and later tried to defend — excruciating interrogation methods that yielded little, if any, significant intelligence, according to U.S. officials who have reviewed the document.
We have Dick Cheney still saying he'd do it all again. We also still have Barack Obama "looking forward" rather than upholding justice. George W. Bush has admitted he knew torture was going on and had actually authorized it.
Prior to this disastrous US policy, the United States had openly stood adamantly opposed to torture. It criminalized Japanese torturers following WWII. Now it shows that it has a double standard or no standard at all.
There is no statute of limitations on war crimes, and every bit of the torture that happened still constitutes serious war crimes from top to bottom. Everyone who aids and abets the crimes, including after the fact, including any US President, sitting or otherwise, is likewise guilty. No US President has the constitutional authority to pardon international war-crimes or to "look forward."
Exposing the truth and holding those responsible to account is not evil. I understand that there are those who firmly believe that Bush and Cheney deserve the death sentence for torture and for lies getting the US into war; however, first we establish guilt via due process.