It must be a Republican thing. Even now, John McCain opposes any kind of LIMIT on interrogation methods. John McCain was a POW for 5 years and before 2008, he supported putting a limit on water boarding and extreme uses of interrogation methods.
The White House and the Republicans need to do a little research.
In 2005, the U.S State Department declared "submerging a head into water" torture and a clear violation of human rights. ((Water boarding is the process of pouring water onto the victims face, making the victim feel like their drowning)).
In 2006, the U.S Dept of Defense revised the Army Field Manual and prohibited the use of water boarding by the U.S military.
It least 3 Al Qaeda members were water boarded with the order/supervision of the CIA, approved by the Bush administration in 2006.
The United Nations (which we're a member of), describes torture as
'any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession...'
So, if our own State Dept and Dept of Defense is declaring water boarding as torture, then the Bush administration has clearly violated United Nation agreements, military law, and Geneva Convention law.
Why did the Bush administration clearly and knowingly violate the agreements against water boarding and torture?
George Bush, Dick Cheney, and those in charge of the CIA should be charged with war crimes for knowingly allowing these methods occur. They need to serve life in prison or capital punishment. I guarantee, if these were any other national leaders, they'd be held accountable and punished.
Instead, we have an administration that has surpassed their Executive Powers and waged policies at their own judgment, ignoring law.