If, indeed, the president’s actions have “taken these techniques” off the table for good, that will be the best possible outcome for America.


The full text of the president’s statement on the torture memos can be found here.

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Charles Kaiser is the author of The Gay Metropolis and 1968 in America. He has been media editor for Newsweek, a member of the metro staff of The New York Times, and a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where he covered the press and book publishing. To learn more, visit charleskaiser.com.