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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
From the June 2014 issue
Number of countries thought to possess chemical weapons:
Placebos are more effective if the drugs for which they stand in are said to be more expensive.
In Torrance, California, an African grey parrot named Nigel, who once spoke English with a British accent and had returned home after a four-year absence, began asking for someone named “Larry” and speaking Spanish.
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