It violates everything we believe in as a country," Land said, reflecting on the words in the Declaration of Independence: that "all men are created equal" and that "they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights."
"There are some things you should never do to another human being, no matter how horrific the things they have done. If you do so, you demean yourself to their level," he said. "Civilized countries should err on the side of caution. It does cost us something to play by different rules than our enemies, but it would cost us far more if we played by their rules," Land concluded.
He was also clear that waterboarding is categorically torture. So the core religious body of the Christianist right has now taken a stand. Against. And torture is a war crime. And war crimes must be prosecuted.