is the bush administration and the cia knew all along they were breaking the law. the military knew it too. they all discussed how, if this breaks or that breaks, they would all be subject to criminal charges and war crimes.
so what did they do? they passed laws to legalize their criminal behaviour.
even when the supreme court told bush - cheney - addington, that they were not above the geneva convention or american law, they continued to ignore the ruling.
this is how dictators rule.
and to this day the obama administration has not only looked the other way, they have adopted the same misuse of power.
the bush administrations corruption and incompetence will reek havoc for decades to come. if americans ever decide they want their government back.