The UN Convention Against Torture is an International Treaty, signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, which defines torture as “any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession…”
Worldwide, 147 countries are party to this agreement.
President Obama and his Justice Department are legally mandated under this treaty to investigate and prosecute torture.
“No exceptional circumstances whatsoever may be invoked to justify torture, including war, threat of war, internal political instability, public emergency, terrorist acts, violent crime, or any form of armed conflict. …Neither can it be justified by orders from superior officers or public officials. The prohibition on torture protects all people under its effective control, regardless of citizenship…”
United Nations Convention Against Torture