When your “Nobel Peace Prize” president goes back on his initial protests of torture under Bush and pretends that it never happens as drones circle the 134 different military bases the state has across the globe, that’s when you know you definitely are in an Empire…
“When the Bush administration revealed in 2005 that it was secretly interpreting a treaty ban on ‘cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment’ as not applying to C.I.A. and military prisons overseas, Barack Obama, then a newly elected Democratic senator from Illinois, joined in a bipartisan protest.
“Mr. Obama supported legislation to make it clear that American officials were legally barred from using cruelty anywhere in the world. And in a Senate speech, he said enacting such a statute ‘acknowledges and confirms existing obligations’ under the treaty, the United Nations Convention Against Torture.
“But the Obama administration has never officially declared its position on the treaty, and now, President Obama’s legal team is debating whether to back away from his earlier view. It is considering reaffirming the Bush administration’s position that the treaty imposes no legal obligation on the United States to bar cruelty outside its borders, according to officials who discussed the deliberations on the condition of anonymity.” – Obama Could Reaffirm a Bush-Era Reading of a Treaty on Torture