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A UN human rights investigator in Afghanistan gets fired for investigating violations of human rights. The generals reponsible for Abu Ghraib are cleared. Do you see a pattern?

If you’re an “independent human rights investigator,” you’d better not be too independent, or the Bush Administration will ask for, and get, your head on a platter.

If you’re a general officer who presides over gross human-rights violations, however, you can relax.

These people are dragging our flag through the mud.

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