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Failure to punish the CIA torturers means they will do it again

Finally, after a lot of protesting and lobbying, those of us in Baltimore's peace and justice community are ecstatic that the executive summary of the Senate torture report was finally released ("Report condemns CIA over torture," Dec. 10).

It was poetic justice that the emails of CIA operatives involved in torture provided the rope to hang themselves. Of course, the apologists are bellyaching that "enhanced interrogation" really and truly worked. However, the hands-on torturers informed their superiors that it did not.

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There is so much law-breaking in the summary. However, most noteworthy was the contract received by two psychologists to teach torture is particularly egregious. They were paid more than $80 million. Who justified this maddening misuse of tax dollars?

Of course, there are many villains who allowed torture, despite its inadequacies, to be implemented during the bogus War on Terror. In my opinion, however, former CIA Director Michael Hayden is probably the arch villain, though former Vice President Dick Cheney runs a very close second.

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After his stint at the National Security Agency where he shredded the Constitution, Mr. Hayden became the director of the CIA. And of course, he has taken to the airways pontificating that the torture was legal, that it provided dynamic results and that the oversight committees never said no.

Of course, the record shows that he was wrong on all counts.

Mr. Hayden and the other torturers should be prosecuted. Unfortunately, members of the elite operate under a different justice system than the one I encounter when protesting. Failure to prosecute the torturers means it will happen again.

Max Obuszewski, Baltimore

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