At the behest of their patron Dick Cheney, John Yoo, now a law professor and Jay Bybee, who has become a federal judge called "Your Honor", enthusiastically stretched the limits with their memos that brushed aside human rights traditions and common decency with their twisted logic. They also swept away any pretense that the U-S was a country that, by definition, always stood/stands on the high road.
After months of convoluted hand wringing a task force has finally decided, in effect, that as crazy as their logic seemed to be, punishing Yoo and Bybee would be inappropriate second guessing. A sub text is the contention that brutality is necessary when the nation's survival is at stake.
To sterilize things our propagandists come up with neutral terms in post 9/11 times like "Enhanced Interrogation" instead of "Torture" or the spooky "Termination with Extreme Prejudice" instead of "Murder". It becomes so much easier to stomach. It's all a James Bond movie. Or Maxwell Smart. Killing capers.
The latest one was taped in Dubai, with a hit squad about the size of a movie crew. Apparently they were successful, so don't be surprised if there's a sequel. There always is.