But once someone has gone through this due process of law, what then? Is solitary confinement suddenly not emotionally scarring, because that person got there through due process? Actually, now that I mention it, solitary confinement is at the discretion of the Warden... which means there is no due process for that specific sentence. Due process can land someone in prison, but what happens to them once they are there is largely discretionary. But I digress. What about due process on the battlefield? If egalitarian practice is the cornerstone of due process, why can't the Rules Of Engagement be used as "law", and satisfy the code of due process if equally applied to all?
I'll say again, I think the fact that some of the less savory techniques we have are so effective is very unfortunate. I cannot condone their use... but I also cannot condone time-sensitive intelligence to rot in an enemy combatant's brain if people are going to die. I'm glad I've never been in the situation where I had to perform such acts, but a part of me, however small, is grateful for the fact that someone is there to commit such acts if necessary.
Now we can argue what constitutes "necessary" all day long!