In his new book, George Bush admits to having approved waterboarding. This admission has created a difficult dilemma for the current administration. Torture is a federal crime punishable by up to twenty years in prison.
Pressure is growing on the Justice Department to produce supposedly "deleted" e-mails that could reveal whether government lawyers in the Bush administration were instructed to devise legal justifications for torture.
If White House officials were instructing the 'torture memo' authors to create legal justifications for a program those officials knew was likely illegal, then we have evidence of a high-level criminal conspiracy.
A change in leadership does not eliminate the need to examine our system and learn from our history, even when -- especially when -- our Department of Justice was corrupted to the point of sanctioning torture.