As The Pieces Fall Into Place II

"We didn't kill them. We didn't cut their heads off. We didn't shoot them. We didn't cut them and let them bleed to death. We just did what we were told to soften them up for interrogation, and we were told to do anything short of killing them," - Lynndie England.

"If the detainee dies, you're doing it wrong," - Jonathan Fredman, a lawyer for the CIA's Counterterrorist Center,  October 2002, as per the Senate Armed Services Committee report. Fredman says he did not put it quite like that.

In order to qualify as illegal torture, physical pain "must be equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death," - a legal memo authorizing abuse of prisoners, approved by president George W. Bush, primarily authored by John Yoo.