Let's get brave and stand up for the right things (at least on paper.)
I have this sneaking suspicion that when water-boarding becomes officially classified as 'torture' and is outlawed by the US, if there ever is a situation where the fate of the free world rests upon loosening the lips of a suspect, no one is going to say, "Well, I guess that's the end of that city, because we can't do anything scary to get the information out of this guy because it's illegal." It hasn't been proven that torturing someone gets any good intelligence, but I suppose that in a dire situation, someone would try it and wouldn't be court martialed for saving the world, although it is highly unlikely that water boarding someone would save the world.
So tTo the people who say that we shouldn't ban waterboarding or call it torture because it may save lives one day, I say, "Phooey." Making it illegal isn't going to prevent from it happening in certain circumstances. How naive do you have to be to think that everything done in our name is legal in the first place? Waterboarding is torture and if the US as a nation doesn't tell the government to stop the madness, it is going to come back and bite us in our collective asses one day. You would think that a bunch of spooked conservative "christians" would have figured that out by now if they had been reading their bibles.
This is very much an issue for our time. The whole world is watching. Are we a great nation or a bunch of pussy scaredy cats acting like world class bullies and proud of it?
This morning I read Americans and waterboarding and The Shameful Response of Christians to Waterboarding, particularly the shameful comments below the latter.