A plurality - 42 percent, that is. 30 percent - the 30 percent who would believe him if he said black is white - believe him. 28 percent are not sure. If 42 percent of Americans believe Bush practices torture, what percentage of foreigners do? The damage to this country's reputation and soft power is incalculable and indelible. Milt Bearden notes another consequence of the new policy:

"One can expect a torrent of cases to be filed against the men and women of the CIA in the coming months and years. They'll have to get used to either staying pretty close to home, or taking their ski holidays in North Korea. Stepping off a plane anywhere in Europe will become a little dicey."

That applies to Cheney, Addington, Rumsfeld, Tenet and Bush as well.

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