I've listened to all the slants and it doesn't seem any clearer than this from saint Ronnie:
No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat or war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture. . . Each State Party shall ensure that all acts of torture are offences under its criminal law.
Hey Glenn Beck, suck on this!
edit: In my initial haste to post this I skipped where I found it and linked directly to the source. It is now properly linked, one of my favorite sites - blondsense.