You set forth the Rovian talking points almost as if you wrote them. The problem is that the US cannot water-board or rack everybody in the world or even the 500,000 currently on the watch list. We just don't have the capacity or the access to them all. Richard Reid got a trial and his rights were observed. Why should the underpants bomber be treated differently? He sang like a canary without torture. The US signed and helped write many of the conventions against the rack and water-board. We outlawed the gibbet and stake. Why would we want to return to them? Those tactics didn't rid the Spanish of what they wanted to be rid of. Jews survived and prospered, even on the Iberian Peninsula. And they still have some Muslims in Spain, too. Returning to the days of yore, when the rack and water board and the gibbet and stake were common doesn't bring security. Law enforcement and a respect for the fact that even people of another color or religion have rights does.
Clashes between IDF and protesters in Bethlehem and East Jerusalem (Reuters)
from the article: Israeli firm blasted for letting would-be plane bomber slip through