"The United States participated actively and effectively in the negotiations of the Convention [Against Torture]. It marks a significant step in the development during this century of international measures against torture and other inhuman treatment or punishment. Ratification of the Convention by the United States will clearly express United States opposition to torture, an abhorrent practice unfortunately still prevalent in the world today," - president Ronald Reagan, 1988.

Notice his clear stand not just against torture but also against "other inhuman treatment or punishment" as well. And now think what Bush and Cheney have done to the honor or reputation of the United States and the integrity of the conservative soul.

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