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Cruel And Unusual Punishment (Torture) Is The New Normal In America

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As members of his security detail stand watch, President Barack Obama pauses as he shakes hands during a campaign event at Waterloo Center for the Arts, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, in Waterloo, Iowa, during a three day campaign bus tour through Iowa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
As members of his security detail stand watch, President Barack Obama pauses as he shakes hands during a campaign event at Waterloo Center for the Arts, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, in Waterloo, Iowa, during a three day campaign bus tour through Iowa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

After a decade of fiery public debate and bare-knuckle partisan brawling, the United States has stumbled toward an ad hoc bipartisan compromise over the issue of torture that rests on two unsustainable policies: impunity at home and rendition abroad.

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