Obama’s first priority: ending the regime of torture and indefinite detention:
“President Obama signed executive orders Thursday directing the Central Intelligence Agency to shut what remains of its network of secret prisons and ordering the closing of the Guantánamo detention camp within a year, government officials said… And the orders bring to an end a Central Intelligence Agency program that kept terrorism suspects in secret custody for months or years, a practice that has brought fierce criticism from foreign governments and human rights activists. They will also prohibit the C.I.A. from using coercive interrogation methods, requiring the agency to follow the same rules used by the military in interrogating terrorism suspects, government officials said.”
This is huge news, especially the last point. By restricting the CIA to military interrogation techniques, this spells an end to the gestapo-inspired “enhanced interrogration techniques” that constitute “torments to the mind and body” and are thus intrinsically evil.