So far, the Bushists and their apologists in the pro-torture, anti-law wing of the conservative movement have tried numerous defenses against their culpability for illegal and unconscionable torture and prisoner abuse:
- The Jackson 5 defense: "The abuses are the work of a few bad apples, and one bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch, girl."
- The patent bullshit defense: "The United States doesn't torture."
- The Minitru defense: "We've redefined the word 'torture'. 'Torture' has never included anything less than total organ failure."
- The necessity defense, Darth Cheney style: "There's a one percent chance that a time bomb is ticking somewhere in the world."
It's all bullshit.