Chris Floyd accurately dissects the Bush strategy to legalize torture. I've long believed that torture, far from being the sideshow issue that the press has made of it, is central to the aims of the Cheney gang. Among other things, it gradually softens the American people up to the idea of torture being okay. These guys are always pushing to make us desensitized to crime, and willing accomplices to whatever horrors they wish to perpetrate. Make no mistake: American citizens are the ultimate targets, and the goal is political. They don't care about security. The less secure the country is, the more advantage it is to them.
Also check out Glenn Greenwald's excellent post analyzing the ravings of National Review columnist Mark Levin to illustrate the anti-American fascist bent of the right and the torture-promoters.