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The Authoritarian Tautology

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If there is an isolated terrorist attack, then there needs to be an expansion of the national security state. If a terrorist leader is killed, then there needs to be an expansion of the national security state.

Related, obviously, is the hand-waving about torture being essential to the Bin Laden operation despite a complete absence of evidence. Among other things, this reveals that the ticking-time-bomb justification isn’t just bad on its face — apparently, the fuse lasts for a decade.

…noted radical civil libertarian Don Rumsfeld didn’t get the memo about torture being crucial to the OBL operation.

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