David Harsanyi

The Washington Post reported in 2007 that the CIA gave details of "enhanced interrogation techniques" to members of both parties. Did these legislators sign off on waterboarding? If so, why should they be immune from action? For that matter, why should interrogators who participated in illegal activities be immune -- as Obama has suggested?

Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress on Thursday that he is willing to release as much information as possible about the interrogations. That's good news because it hasn't happened yet.

More transparency -- and less moral preening -- would be a nice start. We ought to know the full extent of torture -- its consequences, its effectiveness and its specific results. If not, the entire memo scandal will just stink of political hackery and payback.

Don't misunderstand me. I doubt you will change your mind on the issue. I doubt I will. The thought of granting government the power and responsibility to secretly torture, especially when it already spends billions of dollars to supposedly keep us safe, is a thought I can't stomach.

But to pretend that all harsh interrogation techniques are created equal -- or that eliminating those techniques is devoid of consequences -- is just dishonest.

David Harsanyi

David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist and the author of "The People Have Spoken (and They Are Wrong): The Case Against Democracy." Follow him on Twitter @davidharsanyi.