The Bush veto last week of a bill restricting prisoner interrogation techniques tells us that the president wants it both ways. To the world he promotes the image of an occupation force willing to treat prisoners any way we wish without remorse or disclosure. To Americans, he says that we "don't torture," but he also refuses to define just what "torture" is.

How long after he has left office will it take to find out what has been done in our name?

Mark Bailey

Eureka, Calif.