Is this about politics? Or values?
As a soldier and as a citizen, I worry about our values - liberty, justice, human rights in whatever circumstance - because they are not things to throw overboard in the middle of a storm, nor are they obligations that we can break when things get ugly. They are the basis of our strength. Those are the moments when we need them most. If this is a conflict of ideas and convictions, our values are part of our arsenal. If we abandon them, we disarm ourselves for the battle we have to fight long term.
Brian M. Jenkins, one of RAND Corporation's principal security analysts, in a compelling interview with El País in September.
Has Brian Jenkins been invited to express his views in American media? I read him in Spain, in Spanish.
Torture? Secret prisons? Capital trials in which key evidence is kept from the accused? That’s the stuff of Kafka, not Madison and Jefferson.
Bob Herbert, New York Times, September 18.
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