"We tortured some folks," the president said."
No 'we' didn't George Bush et al did. That was their crime.
Obama's separate crime was 'after the fact' in not criminally prosecuting them. So an accurate statement would be "they tortured some folks" and "I pardoned the torturers. I let the torturers get away because even though I had the responsibility, authority and ability to have them prosecuted for their crimes. I let them go for 'political reasons"
Analogies would be they murdered and I drove the getaway car.
They robbed the bank and I drove the getaway car.
They are criminals, I am the District Attorney. I didn't prosecute them even though they were clearly guilty. I am Gerald Ford, they are Richard Nixon. I am continuing the destructive habit of not prosecuting the guilty powerful because no powerful people will be held accountable for their crimes.
Obama's guilty, and in one respect, his guilt is more severe because by not prosecuting he tells future torturers they needn't worry. There is no deterrent.
If there is no prosecution, there is no real guilt and there is no true 'rule of law.'
Law is for the little people is the message and the message is heard.