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The Long Arm of Torture

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On March 7, 2022
The Bush torture regime was based on the idea that no one would care what we did to terrorists. Mohammed al-Qahtani was the likely 20th hijacker on 9/11 and no one really cared about him. But if we have international standards of behavior at all, torturing people into insanity is no good way to do […]

Bad Arguments

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On May 13, 2015

In the world of libertarian economists, Bryan Caplan really isn’t the worst, but arguing that the Shah was “strong on civil liberties” is about the dumbest thing one can possibly say

Inspiration

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On December 10, 2014

Worth remembering who influenced Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, the CIA, and all the other architects of American torture: The United States knows quite a bit about waterboarding. The U.S. government R

This op-ed about the growing use of physical restraint and torture in public schools should outrage us all: Among the recent instances that have attracted attention: Children in Middletown, Conn., told their parents that there was a “scream room” in their school where they could hear other children who had been locked away; last December, […]

Good questions, bad answers

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On December 21, 2010
Michael Lind asks if anyone in America believes in the rule of law? It’s a good question, but his response to it reveals it’s a much tougher one to answer than he imagines. First, he excoriates “most of the American left” for defending Wikileaks and Julian Assange: For Assange’s admirers, the embarrassment that his publication […]

Sugar Free Cookies?

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On May 29, 2009

Hardened Al Qaeda terrorist succumbs to cookie: Abu Jandal’s guards were so intimidated by him, they wore masks to hide their identities and begged visitors not to refer to them by name in his p

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