Redefining Torture

Did the U.S. go too far in changing the rules, or did it apply the new rules to the wrong people?

From the moment that photos documenting prisoner abuse in Iraq came to light seven weeks ago, the Bush Administration has stuck to the claim that the crimes were the vile acts of a few bad soldiers. But the effort to blame a few individuals has faltered as evidence has mounted of abuse in U.S. detention centers from Cuba to Afghanistan to Iraq. Last week the scandal seemed to drift ever closer to implicating policymakers at the highest levels of the U.S. war council.

A series of leaked legal memos has revealed that since late 2001 the Administration has been quietly but...

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