"The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times and under all circumstances. No doctrine, involving more pernicious consequences, was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism ..." - The Supreme Court, Ex Parte Milligan, 1866.
"My father is 67. My mother is 61. I have a brother who developed arthritis at 19. He still has it today. When the word torture’ comes at least for my brother, I mean, all they have to do is really just press on one of these knuckles. I couldn’t imagine them doing anything to my sister... [L]et's just say a lot of people in Egypt would stay away from a family that they know or they believe or even rumored to have anything to do with terrorists and by the same token, some people who actually could be might try to get to them and somebody might actually make a connection. I wasn’t going to risk that. I wasn’t going to risk that, so I thought to myself what could I say that he would believe. What could I say that’s convincing? And I said okay," - Abdallah Higazy, explaining why he confessed to being a terrorist after the FBI threatened to have his family identified and tortured by the Egyptian authorities. Higazy is innocent.
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