In an absolute way I am afraid they do. Trust me I don't like this at all and that's why I suggested they get a pardon
That's strange, because earlier in this thread I could have sworn you agreed with the premise that "I was just following orders" is not an acceptable excuse. If it's crystal clear to you that illegal torture occured, then surely it should be crystal clear to the "torturers" as well, no? As a former CO, would you have followed an order that you thought was illegal/immoral? So maybe you can clarify...do torturers have legal liability for their actions or not?
I disagree with Yardley on this. To overlook it is almost to condone it which leads to more law breaking. At a minimal my thoughts are that a thorough investigation be done.
Yardley was right...pursuit of these lawsuits does nobody any good. But if you're contending that only Rumsfeld and Ashcroft should be tried, then you're all but agreeing this is nothing more than political hackery and payback at its ugliest.