The Torture-Mongers Huddle

The latest from a Federalist Society conference call strategizing poitical and legal defenses for torture:

"As far as mental suffering is concerned that involves the creation on the part of the person the tactic is used on of a fear of imminent death," said [Andy] McCarthy. "The few people that waterboarding was actually used on were actually told that they were not going to be killed by the tactic." "Even if they didn’t tell you they weren’t going to kill you, after the first or second time you sort of get the point that there is not imminent death to be feared," he said. "There's not a prosecutable case."

If they didn't think they were going to be murdered, they weren't "tortured". Yeah: that's exactly what the Geneva Conventions and the UN Convention on Torture had in mind.