Using torture to extract intelligence is not only immoral but also extremely unreliable, and makes our troops vulnerable to reprisals. The bottom line is that torture violates international and domestic law, and by not holding masterminds such as Dick Cheney accountable, we have opened the door for torture to seem like a viable option in intelligence gathering. The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel joined MSNBC last night to debunk the myth that torture was what allowed to the US to find and kill Osama bin Laden.

—Sara Jerving