If the moral calculation is simply, “Did the ends justify the means?” it’s hard to see why we even bother with laws in the first place.
— Chris Hayes (Wednesday)
No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.
Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to injure any [prisoner] … I do most earnestly enjoin you to bring him to such severe and exemplary punishment as the enormity of the crime may require … for by such conduct they bring shame, disgrace and ruin to themselves and their country.
— George Washington (1775)
This week’s featured post is “5 Things to Understand About the Torture Report“. A couple of Sift milestones: I moved the Sift…
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