It is not legal for agents of the US Government to torture those in its custody. Torture is therefore considered a crime. When more than one person set out to torture, or when one person tortures and another knows about it, or has authorized it from an administrative position, or has knowledge of it being, or having been underway but sits silent and fails to act to end the torture in whatever way or ways may be available, the person or persons are complicit in the crime. Complicity in a crime, committed and/or covered-up, is conspiracy. Conspiracy is therefore also a crime.
Today we have a vast and shallow sea of people on the right in the United States, drumming out this dark mantra that by committing this crime of torture, the United States is made safer from terrorism, even though torture is a crime (of terror?) and everyone knows it is a crime.
Are these right-wing torturers not co-conspirators in the crime, then? Is it a part of the right of free speech in America to advocate and condone the crime of torture as an instrument of state policy before and after the fact?
What is the point of laws against torture if so many can conspire openly to break the law, and to be exonerated by the co-conspirators? This is Cheneyism gone berserk. It is an open conspiracy, and the attorney general is derelict in his duty if he fails to act against it.
Torture is a crime. Enforce the law.