Here's a fascinating quote from torturer and war criminal, Jose Rodriguez, who destroyed over 90 tapes of torture sessions he insists were not torture sessions. When told that president Obama has called them torture, he replies:
Well, President Obama is entitled to his opinion. When President Obama condemns the covert action activities of a previous government, he is breaking the covenant that exists between intelligence officers who are at the pointy end of the spear, hanging way out there, and the government that authorized them and directed them to go there.
In other words, the president answers to the CIA and not the other way round. If that is really true – and we have evidence that a president and the Justice Department do not have the strength or will to bring war criminals to justice – then we no longer live in an accountable democracy. We are run by a security state that invents its own laws and makes money off its own war crimes.