Lord Reagan signed a document that would be characterized as “liberal” by today’s media. Three concise sentences in the UN Convention Against Torture demolish the arguments made in favor of torture in the last eight years. I wish people could read.
1. Each State Party shall take effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent acts of torture in any territory under its jurisdiction.
2. No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat or war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.
3. An order from a superior officer or a public authority may not be invoked as a justification of torture.
Not bad for a guy that funded death squads.