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By: Editor | April 29, 2015

Dick Cheney and his ilk are trashing the very concept of moral high ground. EditorialCartoononDickCheney

The good news is that the Senate torture report provoked a (brief) debate about our values as a nation, which is vital and healthy in a democracy. The bad news is that “values” lost.

Let me give just one example from the remarkably consistent poll findings:  CBS offered respondents a wide range of examples of actual CIA conduct; the one most likely to be termed “torture” (at 73%) was threatening to sexually abuse someone’s mother .  Nevertheless, a majority of Americans find it at least sometimes acceptable – meaning that about half of those who think it's wrong (virtually no one calls "torture" a good thing on its own) nonethe...