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From Jonathan Schwarz:
This is Bruce Anderson, a conservative British columnist, explaining why he’s supported torture since before it was cool. You see, it’s our duty:
“Before 9/11, in front of some serious lawyers, I once argued that if there were a ticking bomb, the Government would not only have a right to use torture. It would have a duty to use torture…”
Speaking of duty, here’s Osama bin Laden’s 1996 fatwa declaring war on America:
”Terrorising you, while you are carrying arms on our land, is a legitimate and morally demanded duty. It is a legitimate right…”
But obviously Bruce Anderson and Osama bin Laden are completely different: Anderson listed brutality as a right first and a duty second, while with bin Laden it was the other way around.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
Length in days of the sentence Russian blogger Alexei Navalny served for leading an opposition rally last year:
Israeli researchers developed software that evaluates the depression of bloggers.
A teenager in Singapore was convicted of obscenity for posts critical of Lee Kuan Yew, the country’s founding father, that included an image of Lee having sex with Margaret Thatcher.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”