I don't think I can plumb the depths that this pulls the soul down to.
The fact that a) someone, anyone, can defend torture b) there exists no political will to do anything about it and, not least, c) that it could happen in a modern first world democracy, such as the US just beggars belief.
There are others with me on this:
A reminder that torture is bad : The Uncredible Hallq
What every American should be made to learn about the IG Torture Report - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com
Thomas Paine v. the Right's torture defenders - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com