Speaking out

Andrew Sullivan disapproves of torture.
Waiting for response from the rest of Red Blogistan.

I guess it’s slightly reassuring that none of the Right Blogosphere has tried to defend the torture memos. But instead there’s been an eerie silence, with everyone using the Reagan worship-fest as an excuse not to write about it.

A notable exception is Andrew Sullivan, who isn’t especially worked up about the Constitutional issues — after all, the Tories were on the other side of the argument about the suspending power — but can see that prisoner abuse wasn’t just an aberration. Sullivan is also concerned about the Spec. Baker affair. Good for him.

Now that the torture memos officially on the radar screen of the right, continued silence from that quarter will be increasingly deafening.

Update: Tacitus, who isn’t sure where he stands on torture, is certain about his devotion to the Constitution.

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

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