Archives for May, 2011

Torture is wrong

Cosma Shalizi, 11/4/2007: “The object of torture is torture”: The point of this torture is not to extract information; there are better ways to do that, which we have long used. The point of this torture is not to extract confessions; there are no show trials of terrorists or auto-de-fes in the offing. The point…

It’s a running joke that any time some horrible person is in the news, Discovery Institute fellow David Klinghoffer is sure to pen a piece trying to link that person to the nefarious ways of evolution-defenders. He’s written such pieces about Hitler, the Columbine killers, the Holocaust museum shooter, and many other modern monsters. Today’s…

A tense moment

Via the White House Flickr site, a tense moment in the Situation Room yesterday, as the national security team was updated on the raid on a Pakistani compound where Osama bin Laden had been in hiding. The weight of the moment plays out a little differently on each face. The political, diplomatic, and military cost…