Torturing prisoners of war is a war crime. The Senate report on torture concluded that the CIA, with the approval of the Bush administration, did just that.
Shockingly, many people have written in to say "hooray for torture!" They do so under the misguided notion that torture gets actionable, reliable information. The Senate report said it didn't, but even if it did would that make it OK?
Frightened people are willing to do a lot of things. Germans in the 1930s, reeling from defeat in World War I and suffering through an economic depression, chose to accept Nazism as their salvation. Germany is forever stained by that choice.
One letter writer thanked the torturers for keeping us "safe in this great country." I have to ask what makes a country that acknowledges committing war crimes, and then refuses to prosecute those responsible, "great"?