Sunday, October 17, 2010

Presidential Power and Torture/Surveillance: New Book

Charles Fried, former Solictor General and ConLawProf at Harvard Law  Because-It-Is-Wrong
and his son, Gregory Fried, philosophy department, Suffolk University, have co-authored  Because it is Wrong: Torture, Privacy and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror.   The book promises both a legal and philosophical discussion of torture and survelliance.  From the publisher's description:

Can torture ever be justified? When is eavesdropping acceptable? Should a kidnapper be waterboarded to reveal where his victim has been hidden? Ever since 9/11 there has been an intense debate about the government’s application of torture and the pervasive use of eavesdropping and data mining in order to thwart acts of terrorism. To create this seminal statement on torture and surveillance, Charles Fried and Gregory Fried have measured current controversies against the philosophies of Aristotle, Locke, Kant, and Machiavelli, and against the historic decisions, large and small, of Jefferson, Lincoln, and Pope Sixtus V, among many others. Because It Is Wrong not only discusses the behavior and justifications of Bush government officials but also examines more broadly what should be done when high officials have broken moral and legal norms in an attempt to protect us.

  An excerpt appears in the current Harvard Magazine; there is also an NPR interview with the authors and a discussion with the Gregory Fried on Firedoglake.


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