Freedom is the right to say that two plus two is four

Josh Marshall has an ugly story (*): the Iraqi scientist who gave up the old centrifuge parts isn’t being allowed to come to the US, as he was promised, because he insists on giving answers the Administration doesn’t want to hear about the Iraqi WMD program.

It’s bad for the Iraqi that he’s being welsched on. It’s bad for the U.S. that we’re welsching on him, because it will tend to dry up sources of information (and create sources of disinformation).

But most of all, it’s bad for the U.S. to have its intelligence services dedicated to providing verification for the party line rather than discovering facts about the dangerous world we live in. And it’s worse to have an Administration so contemptuous of any realities but political realities.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com