The United States has long argued against the use of torture and prisoner mistreatment, however after 9/11 that narrative began to change and we began to hear arguments that torture and enhanced interrogation was not the same thing.
The released report claims that CIA agents used water-boarding and sleep deprivation, and also told suspects that their entire families would be killed if they did not give information; they were also made to think their feet would be drilled with power tools and other similar means of torture.
Finally the report claims that at no point did CIA agents retrieve any information which helped stop terror plots or capture those already guilty of terrorist activities. Furthermore it appears that the CIA operated without the consent or knowledge of President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, or Secretary of State Powell.
Now the international community, including the United Nations wants those responsible brought to justice in the international criminal court on charges of Crimes Against Humanity. Some even argue that President Bush himself should be brought to trial... this reality is extremely unlikely.
What constitutes torture? Is torture as a method of interrogation acceptable? Is there one rule for everyone else and one rule for the United States? Should those responsible face charges?
When asked whether or not President Bush and others should face charges President Obama said he would not offer judgement against those who were forced to make impossible choices during one of the most difficult times in our nation's history.