For years, Bush administration officials, including UC Berkeley professor John Yoo, and even some Democrats, have defended our country’s use of “harsh interrogation techniques” on the premise that they were trying to stop another 9/11. In other words, protecting innocent Americans from a deadly terrorist attack was worth abandoning one of our core principles – that civilized countries don’t torture people. But we’ve known for a while now that this premise was likely false – despite the fact that Yoo, Dick Cheney, and Fox News keep repeating it. There is no evidence in the public record that torturing prisoners produced any reliable information that helped us foil terrorist plots. Quite the opposite. Torture got us nothing of value, while it ruined our country’s moral standing in the world and put our soldiers at unnecessary risk of being tortured when they’re captured. But now, we’re starting to learn what may have been the real reason for why we tortured. And it’s unbelievably outrageous.