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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.


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.


The Patriot Act has helped prevent terrorist attacks since Sept. 11, 2001, and continues to be essential. Aspects of the act, such as secrecy and the sharing of information between criminal and intelligence investigators, are necessary to effectively track terrorists.


The provisions of the Patriot Act violate basic the constitutional right to free speech and constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. The secrecy written into the law makes effective oversight difficult, and authorities are expanding the law's use beyond its original purpose of fighting terrorism.