No, Supporters of Whistleblowers & Openness in Government Should Not Defend David Petraeus

By: Wednesday January 14, 2015 5:00 pm

David Petraeus is not the next victim in President Barack Obama’s crackdown on leaks. He is not someone that should be defended like previous whistleblowers, who have been prosecuted aggressively and charged with violating the Espionage Act. People opposed to excessive secrecy by the United States government do not have an obligation to oppose prosecution [...]


Jack Shafer’s Unpersuasive Case Against Scott Horton

By: Saturday January 30, 2010 6:00 pm

I’ve interviewed guards at Guantanamo and heard their frustrations, to the point where I was kind of shocked there weren’t more severe beatings at the hands of 19 year olds who have cocktails of excrement thrown at them. Obviously I’m not excusing any such beatings; I’m just saying that when someone is given responsibility over other people in an environment of legal impunity, standards of acceptable behavior can slip very fast. That’s just human nature.

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