I'm going to monitor this closely because it's a pretty tough topic, but hey, let's give it a shot: A committee study of the CIA's detention and interrogation program was done and released to the public recently. It's a serious read - 525 pages of detailed findings: http://www.intelligence.senate.gov/stud ... study1.pdf There are lots and lots of media findings on the report. Please feel free to post up the more thoughtful or thorough takes. https://www.google.com/search?&q=cia%20torture%20report Focus: What do you think about this? Do the ends of a program like this justify the means? Spoiler What stands out to me is the number of detainees and recipients of the "enhanced interrogation" measures that were found to have either no information, or providing incorrect information in the hopes of alleviating their pain, and worse, that many of these people continued to be subject to torture and prison after it was decided they did not have information. Example: So... basically they declared the program a success because the person they tortured didn't know anything, and that proved another source to be wrong. Alt-Focus: What do you do with the people involved in this program? Spoiler Multiple people, including the ACLU, have suggested that they be formally pardoned, which sounds crazy unless you accept the fact that it's likely they will never be convicted of anything. Issuing formal pardons with conditions of testimony might be the only way that anyone involved in this program is acknowledged to have actually committed a crime. IMO, the people involved should be charged. They should be convicted. They should be held responsible for the torture of fellow human beings against the laws of the world, some of whom were proved to have no knowledge or involvement in terrorist plots. But if that will not happen, issuing formal pardons would at least mark these people as having committed the acts and would not protect them from all legal ramifications both in and out of the country.