Saturday, July 12, 2008

The small gap between torture and spying

Glenn Greenwald appears to agree - at least in principle - with my issue with Andrew Sullivan's contradictory positions on torture and illegal surveillance.

That's why this ongoing, well-intentioned debate
that Andrew Sullivan is having with himself and his readers over
whether "torture is worse than illegal, warrantless eavesdropping" is
so misplaced, and it's also why those who are dismissing as "an
overblown distraction" the anger generated by last week's Congressional
protection of surveillance lawbreakers are so deeply misguided. Things
like "torture" and "illegal eavesdropping" can't be compared as though
they're separate, competing policies. They are rooted in the same
framework of lawlessness. The same rationale that justifies one is what
justifies the other. Endorsing one is to endorse all of it.

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