Imagine a country where torture is banned, but the president can define what torture is at his own will; A country where the president could imprison indefinitely anyone he decides falls under a wide-ranging new definition of unlawful combatant; A country that suspends the writ of habeas corpus; A country where those who may have engaged in torture are immunized retroactively.
Stop imagining. That country exists, and I'm not talking about North Corea. Today, the US Senate approved President Bush's detainee legislation, so all the above statements are now part of the law in the US. But lets dig on this subject a little more.