The abuse of detainees in U.S. custody cannot simply be attributed to the actions of “a few bad apples” acting on their own. The fact is that senior officials in the United States government solicited information on how to use aggressive techniques, redefined the law to create the appearance of their legality, and authorized their use against detainees. Those efforts damaged our ability to collect accurate intelligence that could save lives, strengthened the hand of our enemies, and compromised our moral authority. This report is a product of the Committee’s inquiry into how those unfortunate results came aboutInterestingly, the US news media does not consider this finding worth covering in any detail, and has devoted its attention to a scandal involving the loopy governor of Illinois. More about that here.
Photos show the Nuremberg trials where, in Andrew Sullivan's words "Americans tried and executed those responsible for the same techniques now used by the president of the United States."