In recent days, as the public debate regarding the CIA's interrogation practices has raged, you have been very much in my thoughts. I write to let you know, without sound-bites or political calculus, my view on this debate and to remind you of my deep gratitude for the work you do each day."Actually, this is not really surprising. Reyes may be a Democrat, but he's also a highly conservative Democrat who has a certain love for all things militaristic. According to his Wikipedia page, Reyes was Chief Patrol Agent of the El Paso Border Patrol when he started an aggressive strategy called "Operation Hold the Line" that forced immigrants to attempt to cross the border in isolated areas. One estimate is that about 3000 immigrants have perished trying to cross in these extremely desolate areas since the policy was passed. But Reyes' effort to relieve CIA agents from responsibility for waterboarding is not Holding the Line of individual responsibility and ethics that is necessary to avoid state-sponsored atrocities. I understand people love their jobs. I love my job. And I understand people were convinced they were doing the "right thing" when they nearly drowned prisoners, beat them, stripped them of their clothes and their human dignity. But they were wrong. They were wrong to issue the orders, to follow the orders, and are wrong to not take responsibility for the torture now. Only by finally admitting that torture happened, torture is wrong, and actually purging the agency of those who committed torture can the CIA have any credibility as an arm of the US government. I realize this is the agency that is famous for killing or attempting to kill popular leaders, putting dictators in their place, and generally spreading misery around the world. But it's because the CIA has never really had to pay for its crimes that we have reached this point where they no longer have to take responsibility for the very acts of torture that they, NOT members of Congress, committed. It's time to stop making heroes out of CIA agents. They are humans not heroes. And as history has shown us all too well, humans can easily lose their humanity when encouraged to do so by institutions and leaders that tell them it's the right thing to do. Reyes and other leaders must admit it was the wrong thing to do, no matter who told them to do it, and those who tortured must now be held responsible for it because the very humanity of the US is on the line.