05/23/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

New GOP Meme: "Ends Justify The Means" When It Comes to Torture

Maybe I'm missing something, but why is no one -- neither the media nor the Democrats -- pushing back on Dick Cheney"s latest rant that torture produced intelligence that saved American lives, simply pointing out that America's moral and legal code never embraces an "ends justify the means" approach? Isn't that the most basic element of our own criminal justice system and why we have constitutional rights and rules of evidence to protect us?

If not, why not allow domestic eavesdropping on all of us without any oversight so that our government could better determine who was about to commit a heinous crime? Why not allow the police to bust into every home in drug-infested neighborhoods to search and interrogate since we clearly want to find the drugs and drug dealers before they're allowed on the streets?

It shocks me that Cheney, and the GOP talking heads, are in full force pushing the meme that torture saved us from another attack without any simple and sensible response that, in America, the ends never justify the means when it comes to violating the law and constitutional rights. We've let many dangerous criminals walk out of courtrooms as free men because of botched prosecutions.

Those are our values. Or so I thought...

Mark Nickolas is the Managing Editor of Political Base.

Update (9:38 pm ET): Apparently, Fox News' own Shepard Smith feels the same way arguing, "We are America! I don't give a rat's ass if it [torture] helps, we are America! We do not fucking torture! We don't do it."