The Bush administration has aggressively pursued the power to torture since their bottoms first warmed oval office chairs. The documentary record is so extensive in this regard it renders protestations to the contrary "quaint".
The United States of America, with the president Bush at its' helm, does torture.
Nothing says Power like the unfettered ability to Torture. It is the Unholy Grail of unchecked and unbalanced authority.
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The object of torture is torture.
The power to torture is the power of the tyrant.
Governments that set up illegaly-operated concentration camps like Guantanamo usually turn into tyrannies.
It is decidedly un-American, and a story like this is a stake in the heart of America's identity.
Do you think of torture when you see the Statue of Liberty in New York's harbor?