The story about the Senate releasing a torture report deserved a little more analysis. The CIA is concerned that releasing the documents will cause violence abroad. Isn’t this the definition of terrorism, that we are afraid to do what we know is right because irrational fanatics will retaliate? We cannot allow ourselves to be emotionally manipulated into this trap or all is lost.
The CIA questioned why the information needed to be public. I think this one is a blinding flash of the obvious: Because the citizens of a nation have a right to know what is done in our names by those who purport to represent our interests. I remember John Stuart Mill having something to say about this. We believed so strongly in this and found it so difficult to enforce that we eventually passed a Freedom of Information Act – just to make sure nobody missed the point. Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.
Vana Prewitt, Ph.D., New Bern