Happened in 2012, before the derp became official policy. Imagine how it's going to be under the new regime. We'll probably have fun new phrases for age old concepts. "Punitive thermal leveraging" for torture with heat or cold. "Extreme stress positioning" for when they break or fracture a few bones before they make you into a human pretzel for hours or days on end. The Gitmo shit could EASILY become common practice if there's no oversight to speak of from the executive branch and the judiciary is packed with a certain type by same.
I'm beginning to doubt whether we ever had, as a nation or in the sense of the whole species perhaps, in fact been "rational" or engaged in any real sort of enlightenment or just strangely involved in a reactionary dream after a century of new horrors of scale from industrialization and also perhaps the cosmology changes wrought by astronomy giving us an idea of how BIG the picture really is.
And then sic transit mundi... a few generations pass and the humans get back to business as usual.