The Heretik knows about torture. You don't burn at the stake and come away without an opinion about That Most Horrible Practice he wished ended in The Terrible Terrible Long Ago. By sad experience, The Heretik knows torture is bad for the victim, worse for the soul of the perpetrator, and worst by far for the society that allows it.
A society's moral decay rarely can grow in sunlight where all can see it. Knowing this, the servants of such decay seek out dark places far from view. We should all ask why.
A Bullseye to Bob Herbert of The New York Times for following this shameful process to its grim conclusions.
Extraordinary rendition is the name that's been given to the policy of seizing individuals without even the semblance of due process and sending them off to be interrogated by regimes known to practice torture. In terms of bad behavior, it stands side by side with contract killings.
Our henchmen in places like Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Uzbekistan and Jordan are torturing terror suspects at the behest of a nation - the United States - that just went through a national election in which the issue of moral values was supposed to have been decisive. How in the world did we become a country in which gays' getting married is considered an abomination, but torture is O.K.?