McCain often gets credit for having opposed torture, though he never really put his money where his mouth was. However, it doesn’t look like he opposes torture for any reason beyond being grouchy. After all, he doesn’t seem to think there’s any reason to treat people justly in general:
We are now going to have the courts flooded with so-called, quote, Habeas Corpus suits against the government, whether it be about the diet, whether it be about the reading material.
The context makes it clear that he doesn’t know what habeus corpus is, but that didn’t stop him from sounding off against the decision.
In further news, he claims in the long quote that he worked hard to make sure they didn’t torture detainees, but as a matter of fact, he voted against the most recent anti-torture bill.