Jason Linkins reported on the interview Rachel Maddow conducted with Ron Suskind.
Suskind noted that the "impetus was not to foil potential al Qaeda attacks. The impetus here was largely political and diplomatic. The White House had a political/diplomatic problem. It wanted it solved in the run up to the war."
People were tortured, FOR THE SAKE OF "SPIN."
So much for ticking bombs and bad apples!