How do you say “Yoo” and “Cheney” in Farsi?

The Iranian regime embraces “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

Looks as if the Khamene’i/Ahmadi-nejad regime has decided to embrace “enhanced interrogation techniques”: sleep deprivation, sexual humiliation, prolonged isolation, slamming people’s heads into walls. Who says America can’t lead by example?

And of course if you believe the confessions extracted at Guantanamo, there’s no reason to doubt that the current Iranian uprising is a Western plot. Why, the plotters confessed to it themselves!

Of course there’s a difference. In America, we have a Constitution, and courts to enforce it. But we also have two political parties, one of which did its level best for eight years to erase that difference, while the other mostly stood by passively and watched, and neither of which is currently willing to demand an accounting.

Sorta makes you proud, doesn’t it?

Happy Independence Day, everyone.

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: