Torture techniques should never have been legitimized
The new president will receive criticism for most of his first executive orders, some of it justified.
Thursday, he signed orders closing the Guantanamo Bay prison within a year, as well as secret overseas prisons used to hold prisoners associated with terrorism.
The orders also suspended trials for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo for 120 days pending a review of the military tribunals.
A task force will have 30 days to come up with recommendations for how to handle terror suspects, specifically, the 245 prisoners at Guantanamo.
All U.S. personel will be required to follow the U.S. Army Field manual while interrogating detainees -- meaning that threats, coercion, physical abuse and waterboarding, a technique that creates the sensation of drowning, are outlawed.
Torturing prisoners ought to be an issue that separates America from other countries around the world. Terror threats or no, torturing should never have been legitimized in any form in the first place.
Doing so was a sign that the terrorists had succeeded in undermining the rule of law that governs our nation.