Monthly Archives: January 2015

Do we really need to torture?

Alan Dershowitz: “Preventing terrorism often requires a choice of evils: to target terrorists and their leaders, knowing civilians will be killed; to collect massive amounts of private data in an effort to track terrorists; to detain potential terrorists without trial.”

My opinion: No, Sir, it doesn’t. Preventing terrorism — ask any good cop, FBI agent, or Military Intelligence officer — merely requires tenacity, follow-up, and bureaucratic competence. We do not need to sacrifice civil liberties or our values to defend ourselves.