The Bush administration created the term "enhanced interrogation" in an effort to deflect criticism of "waterboarding." So they decided that any method of enhanced interrogation was not torture as long as the pain inflicted didn't result in "death, organ failure or serious impairment of bodily functions."
That is one of the most stupid, inhuman things I've ever heard. I can think of dozens of ways of inflicting unbearable pain on a prisoner that would not be torture by Bush's definition.
There is a simple way to define torture. If an American would not want certain acts inflicted on their captured loved ones, then those acts are torture. Sen. John McCain understands that because he has been there, and he vehemently opposes the Bush/Cheney methods of enhanced interrogation.
As a Christian, I'm reminded of the terrible torture inflicted on the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the night before He was crucified, and I wouldn't want our enemies to torture our brave prisoners of war in that way.
Some lunatics may carry out barbaric acts against fellow human beings, but as a Christian and an American I will not get in the ditch of evil with them.
Paul L. Cook