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

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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.