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If it weren't for 9/11...

Check out the Vanity Fair story from Phillipe Sands. The torture? Of course it was on purpose.
The Bush administration has always taken refuge behind a “trickle up” explanation: that is, the decision was generated by military commanders and interrogators on the ground. This explanation is false. The origins lie in actions taken at the very highest levels of the administration—by some of the most senior personal advisers to the president, the vice president, and the secretary of defense. At the heart of the matter stand several political appointees—lawyers—who, it can be argued, broke their ethical codes of conduct and took themselves into a zone of international criminality, where formal investigation is now a very real option. This is the story of how the torture at Guantánamo began, and how it spread.
All roads lead back to 9/11. If it weren't for 9/11, there would have been no war in Afghanistan, no war in Iraq, no War on Terror, no Guantanamo, no Abu Ghraib, no domestic spying, etc. This reality cannot be escaped. The truth about these psychopaths in power leaks out, then streams out, and eventually bursts forth into the public domain. 9/11 was arranged to usher in and justify all this moral depravity.

Now some of these well-heeled scumbags have to worry about traveling abroad. They could be investigated for war crimes by foreign governments. That might put a little damper on their vacation plans, and just when this country is going to shit, too.