Ashcroft is gone. Gonzales is on the way. The acting Attorney General issued a statement reversing the stance on torture:
There is no exception under the statute permitting torture to be used for a “good reason.” Thus, a defendant’s motive (to protect national security, for example) is not relevant to the question whether he has acted with the requisite specific intent under the statute.
Extra: I’m about to lose it with the constant assertions that Muslim terrorist groups are scooping up orphaned tsunami children and bring them to fight for their cause? What – a jihad against plate tectonics?
Correction: Levin is the Assistant to teh Attorney General.