After seeing and hearing much commentary, talk, arguing and blogging about the OLC torture memos, I have noticed that there are very few people saying what I believe, as a Christian, is the only worthwhile thing to be said about torture - IT IS WRONG.* It doesn't matter if valuable intelligence was uncovered or if bogus intelligence was squeezed out, it doesn't even matter if thousands of lives were saved (the "ticking time bomb") or if fake plots were concocted as a way of crying uncle - there is nothing that can make right something so sinful, and certainly the thing that makes it wrong is not that it didn't work. Whether you are doing it to justify a war, save lives, make a nation secure, or just obeying orders "in good faith," treating a fellow human being like that is evil.
"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also."
"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven."
Those are words of Jesus, from the Sermon on the Mount
. And there are plenty more, from Jesus, his followers, and the Hebrew scriptures. But that should be enough.
*[I realize that there are many non-christians who say that, too, but for me, the belief stems directly from my christianity.]