Question for John McCain

How would you hold those who authorized torture accountable?

At the debate, you repeated your forthright statement that, under the current administration, the United States has engaged in torture. You also spoke out strongly for the principle of accountability.

Torture is a felony (18 USC 2340A); if the victim dies, it is a capital crime.

How would you approach the problem of holding accountable those who authorized the use of torture? Would you direct the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: