Re: The bill that just passed
Currently the definition of torture in the US (by the military, which is where the tribunals are) includes physical beating and excessive use of pain, im pretty sure water with-holding (not to the point of death or loss of serious health) is now torute, and under the bill it isn't admissable in court, even if it already happened before the bill.
Agressive interrogation (or interrogation at all) is still legall, it includes things like playing american music of anykind, sleep deprivation (not to a loss of health), and other such things. I don't consider this torture but the geneva convention forbids anything other than "questioning". If we caught Osama, would you be ok with only asking him questions and then relesaing him/jailing him while we probly knew of many terrorist plots currently in action?