If torture worked, the need to criminalise it would be even more imperative than if it were ineffective because the temptation to use it would then be even greater. If torture did not work there would be no need to use it. It was largely because the CIA believed, or persuaded itself, that it did work that it became such a widespread practice.
The American people understand that politics should not be the preserve of men alone, of whites alone, or of a wealthy few. It is only a matter of time before we will overturn Citizens United. I urge all senators, Republicans and Democrats alike, to hasten history and vote in support of a Constitutional Amendment this week. Our democratic rights as a free people are at stake.
Another mass shooting, more panic on the streets of America. The images we witnessed are all too familiar. There were heroic first responders, crouching and crawling with their rifles. We saw unfurling police tape and flashing blue lights and terror stricken civilians fleeing the since. And now in the aftermath, the discussions into the gunman's motives are being exhaustively debated.