Monday, June 08, 2009

Torture and Freedom

One of the things that makes torture so dangerous to democracy is that it metastasizes; once it is ok to use on foreigners, it becomes conceivable to use it on citizens (”only in certain very narrow circumstances” of course, and with a court order, etc…) and then no one is safe.

For all the talk from the right about national health care or auto company bailouts being “tyranny” or “threats to freedom,” their relative silence in the face of real, actual tyranny and threats to freedom speaks volumes. The right wing scares me deeply.

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