Ben Shapiro once compared the Affordable Care Act to slavery, which should've disqualified him from commenting on politics forever. Here, he's deploying the new favorite wingnut tactic of comparing the Bush administration's illegal torture with drone strikes and surveillance.
This isn't about what's "good" and "bad." It's about the law. And what's different about waterboarding is that it's illegal. Period. Full stop. There's absolutely no ambiguity about that, as a a bipartisan review concluded.
Whatever one thinks about the Obama administration's drone strikes and data mining programs, they've been conducted under the framework of the current laws. To be sure, those laws arguably need updating.
But if they're as unambiguously illegal as waterboarding, as Ben claims they are, let's see the Republicans try to impeach Obama over either.
We're waiting, Ben.