Dan Froomkin from the Washington Post quotes Ariel Dorfman about torture:
"Dorfman concludes: "Can't the United States see that when we allow someone to be tortured by our agents, it is not only the victim and the perpetrator who are corrupted, not only the 'intelligence' that is contaminated, but also everyone who looked away and said they did not know, everyone who consented tacitly to that outrage so they could sleep a little safer at night, all the citizens who did not march in the streets by the millions to demand the resignation of whoever suggested, even whispered, that torture is inevitable in our day and age, that we must embrace its darkness?"
It smears us all and takes us down to the lowest denominator of ugliness and hate. We do not have to put up with those who are okay with torture because that is not who we are. Americans are better than that.