The ghost of torture past

Leahy has Gonzales on the hot seat about Meher Arar.

Looks as if Patrick Leahy isn’t going to let go of the Meher Arar case. Good for him!

(And bad for Gonzales, who sounds, on the tape, more like a weasel than I wuld have thought possible for a human being.)

For five and a half years, it’s been possible for BushCo to get away with virtually anything. As a result, their doing appalling stuff, and getting away with it, came to seem normal. It wasn’t. Now there’s a price to be paid.

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: