Typical OT response. Have you never observed that such instances become newsstories, and then they are prosecuted, not the other way around.
You still ignore the "presidential sanction" qualification. You even state Teddy R was against it.
No, I've answered it. Name for me the president who has fought to have terrorists and spies protected under the Geneva Conventions. The 'torture' you speak of is being used on non-uniform combatants and suspected or known terrorists. The links that I posted involved the use of waterboarding against enemy combatants, clearly against the Geneva Conventions, although the third convention, which deals with the treatment of prisoners of war, was not yet signed when President Theodore Roosevelt issued his proclamation prohibiting the use of waterboarding. President Roosevelt had fought in the Spanish-American War and had apparently observed the use of waterboarding there. However, President Roosevelt's proclamation, the Geneva Conventions, and all subsequent prohibitions have applied to actions by the miltary against enemy combatants, not terrorists and spies.
I'm not equivocating, but I seem to be going around in circles, saying the same thing a dozen different ways. You continue to ignore the distinction between uniform combatants and terrorists and spies, which is the only group against which this President or, as far as I know, any President since Roosevelt, has recognized the use of waterboarding and other forms of extraordinary interrogation.
Do you really expect that there will be evidence of the use of such methods against terrorists and spies posted openly? It became evident in this administration because of the open and forthright nature of our war against the terrorists. In the past, such operations have been conducted secretly, as some remain today. With the events of 9/11, the terrorists perpetrated an overt act that forced this President to expand anti-terror activities from closed door and law-enforcement tactics to warfare in the open field. The tactics changed, not the nature of the enemy. The terrorist now, instead of being renditioned and hanged in foreign countries sans trial, are shipped to our own holding facility, where we are more open about the nature of their 'processing'. It seems to trouble you that that which was perpetrated in the dark is being shown in the light, and you condemn this President because you now have to look at and hear about that which used to be conducted in silence. That is not this President's fault, that is the fault of those who seek political gain by embarassing this President, with no regard for the damage their efforts do to the United States or our efforts against those who seek to do us harm.
A true Christian sentiment, that....
Perhaps, perhaps not, and I may well be forced to answer for that when my day of reckoning comes. Nonetheless, I am prepared to answer for it, as I have answered honestly and openly about it here on this board.