Why does the US condone torture at all?

Justice Dept. Toughens Rule on Torture.

The Justice Department has broadened its definition of torture, retreating from a memo that defined torture extremely narrowly.

The Geneva Convention already defines what torture is, even though the Bushies have chosen to ignore it. Thier old definition said torture was only if organ failure or death occured, which means by their definition, pulling out fingernails with pliers is not torture. And under their “new” definition, this would still be considered not torture.