If only.

That was my first thought when I heard that Michele Bachmann had declared during the latest Republican presidential debate that the CIA is under the control of the ACLU. According to Bachmann, we are in charge of the CIA's policy on torture.

I wish that were true. The ACLU has been working for years to stop torture and to hold those who have permitted it accountable.

Torture is simply wrong. It does not result in reliable information. It is illegal and it is immoral.

That's why we're not the only ones who oppose it. Even some of Bachmann's Republican presidential opponents -- Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman -- oppose torture. And the U.S. military also rejects its use.