This is not an argument which a person wins by citing cases or finding ways in which the Constitution might conflict with treaty obligations the United States voluntarily entered into. This is a question of right and wrong, and there are certain things a civilized society does not do. … I face the curious accusation that I oppose torture in order to sell copies of my book. … Nobody should pay $55 in order to hear from me a new and insightful argument against torture. The fact that cruel and degrading treatment of human beings is wrong has already been conclusively established, for example in a best selling book available free of charge in most motel rooms.
— Richard Painter, guest-blogging at the Volokh Conspiracy, and responding with more self-restraint than I could have summoned to the pro-torture arguments offered by the sick, sadistic, sad sacks of sh*t who crawl out of the woodwork and into the VC comments pages whenever the torture issue comes up.