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Reagan's Definition, Moral and Legal Stance on Torture: It's Illegal and Un-American

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In August, 1988, President Reagan championed US ratification of an international ban on torture, defined as "any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted". Reagan left no doubt he felt torture was not an American value: he added a signing statement and prosecuted waterboarding domestically. But would the Gipper have abandoned his moral principles after 9/11?

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