"Human rights are part of what it means to be civilised. Locking up suspected terroristsand why not potential murderers, rapists and paedophiles, too?before they commit crimes would probably make society safer. Dozens of plots may have been foiled and thousands of lives saved as a result of some of the unsavoury practices now being employed in the name of fighting terrorism. Dropping such practices in order to preserve freedom may cost many lives. So be it," - the Economist. Amen. Live free or die was the mantra of Americans for generations. And yet the current one seems utterly to have forgotten it.

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