Jane Mayer profiles Alberto Mora, the former Navy counsel who was a major actor in the military's internal struggle against torture and abuse of detainees. In taking the reader through each step in the bureaucratic battles, Mayer makes it clear beyond any doubt that torture was and is a policy of this administration.
The article is also an insightful portrait of Mora. Alberto and I were part of the same circle of friends in college, though we weren't close; among other things, we were poles apart in our politics. When his name surfaced in 2004 as an early critic of detainee torture, I was pleased and proud, and not a bit surprised. It must have been especially galling to the son of an anti-Castro emigre that Guantanamo, Cuba would be the the place where the highest officials of the United States would wilfully discard our most fundamental values.