I wish these were not the facts. But they are. We now have a direct witness to the torture – and one who inflicted it – describing it as torture; we have all the legal precedents that do not begin to question whether waterboarding is torture; we know the president directly authorized it; we know the epidemic of torture that ensued. These are crimes, committed by the executive branch in full awareness of the law and with premeditation. They place the United States in violation of the Geneva Conventions. And the president bears the final responsibility.
I hate to ask the inevitable question: Who will now hold him criminally responsible?