Go to the 2:58 point of this clip to hear Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s justification for 500 years of torture (from the Inquisition to the Bush era):
Torture works? Works for what? It works for yielding false confessions and to assist the torturer in propaganda campaigns—giving him “lawful” public justifications for his already decided upon courses of action. It now turns out that evidence is growing that Dick Cheney sought to use torture in an attempt to get at least one prisoner to make a statement that Al Qaeda and Iraq were linked, and so use that “information” to commit a fraud upon the American public, and ease the way for the invasion of Iraq. In other words, via torture the Bush Administration was seeking a “smoking gun” piece of “evidence” that they could use for propaganda purposes and the manipulation of public opinion.
Such an act is far, far worse than Watergate.
We need a “Truth Commission.” We also need a Justice Department assigned independent prosecutor with broad authority to get at the details of the Bush era’s torture regime and its manipulation of intelligence for propaganda purposes. In the meantime, here’s Monty Python’s and Mel Brooks’s parodies of the Spanish Inquisition (for authoritarian sympathizing Republican Lindsey Graham):