Guest blogger at Washington Monthly Hilzoy gets to the bottom of how the torture bill deal was passed. It's too bad that what's at the bottom of it all is so low. If evidence obtained through torture is going to be admitted into tribunals (not even courts!), this is a huge step backward. It will only encourage torture, and let useless "evidence" into the tribunals to boot. Imagine being convicted (or put to death) by a secret tribunal on the basis of a statement extracted from you by torture.
I'm incredulous that this administration has taken upon itself to construct its own reality, but has decided to make the world a worse place, rather than a better one.