Is your legal background more credible than theirs?
Once more, there was NOTHING illegal about it and these techniques do not meet the United Nations criteria for the definition of torture which brings me to the logic of my argument; it is merely and attempt by a mainstream political party in power to impugn the previous political party for purely hyper partisan political purposes.
It doesn't make us safer, it doesn't make the troops risking their lives in these countries any safer and it serves NO purpose in the interest of National Security.
What is most interesting is all the focus on waterboarding. We have had detainees die from other forms of torture and abuse. Yet all we talk about is waterboarding.
This problem is well beyond just waterboarding. When the focus in on waterboarding it allows people like TD to jump up and down and say "but it was only THREE people....we don't torture because our government said waterboarding isn't torture."
This focus on a single technique is making us lose sight of the forest for the trees. Systematic punishment of detainees that lead to physical injury or death is wrong. You give it any label you want, it's still wrong. We shouldn't be doing it.
I still would like us to strive to be the actual good guys. When we do these things we are no better than those we are fighting.
In addition, if getting all the information out is important, why then should the Obama Administration not release the memos requested by Dick Cheney and the pictures the ACLU successfully sued to get released?
You see the slippery slope one gets on when making these claims?
And in the end, what I am seeing is that no one can sufficiently link these methods to anything illegal and cannot link these methods to the United Nations description of what constitutes torture.
Which supports my argument that this is a desperate highly emotional partisan issue brought up by a major political party in this country that had knowledge of these techniques when they were being used by said nothing but now want to use them to impugn their political opponents for purely partisan purposes.
Torture, waterboarding...there is too much emphasis being put on legal definitions and semantics and not enough emphasis on what the hell we are actually doing to detainees.
Since I can tell that you have a sincere desire to learn more about this subject, here's some light reading: