Defusing the “ticking time bomb” excuse

The American Prospect
by Karen J. Greenberg

10/08/07

Torture, it seems, just won’t disappear from the American political landscape. Last week’s revelation of the U.S. attorney general’s authorization for the use of torture is one more chapter in a story that the American people will have to live with for time immemorial. Yet, it comes, uncannily, at a time when the American public finally has some leadership in the effort to oppose torture, even at the highest levels of government…. Americans were entranced by the techniques of Jack Bauer on 24, reassured by the idea of a president who would respond to the ticking bomb scenario by doing whatever it took, and only mildly impressed by arguments about morality, legality and the like. But this will not be the reaction this time around...

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