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Abstinence-Only Education

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SUPPORTERS ARGUE

During the Bush administration, lawyers from the Justice Department knowingly distorted federal anti-torture laws in order to illegally authorize torture. Investigating—and perhaps prosecuting—the Bush administration officials who approved those acts of torture would show the rest of the world that the U.S. fully repudiates extreme interrogation methods.

OPPONENTS ARGUE

The Bush administration never approved employing torture; rather, it simply authorized several "enhanced interrogation techniques." Those techniques proved vital to fighting the war on terror; interrogators used them to persuade suspected terrorists to reveal crucial information, which likely saved hundreds of thousands of American lives.