Put the evil bastards on trial

The Evil Empire

The moral significance of this argument is that a calibrated approach to torture would be evidence of a morally serious purpose, as opposed to anything from boredom and incompetence to sadism. Add to that a sincere—though misguided—belief in torture’s effectiveness, and you just might wriggle out of a criminal charge, claiming a lack of criminal intent.

Source: Put the evil bastards on trial: The case for trying Bush, Cheney and more for war crimes – Salon.com