As a nation founded on religious and moral values, we cannot begin to move past the shameful use of torture until we ensure that U.S. government-sponsored torture never occurs again. Justifications for the use of torture impede us from this important task.
Lost is the lesson of 9/11: We didn't have a collection problem but a connection one. Yet our response has largely been not to find better ways of connecting the dots, but rather simply to collect more dots.
If Dianne Feinstein's real goal was to protect us from Iraq's alleged WMD's, she would have called for the withdrawal of troops once they invaded and discovered that there weren't such weapons after all.