"In countries with a history of authoritarianism, it is not uncommon for the practiced agitators who presided over a crisis to hold sway long after they appear to exit power...Even after a crisis subsides, much of the population remains in panic mode and supports the bare-knuckled approach of the previous government. America is similarly afflicted. Dick Cheney wields such clout that even after his term ended he gave the order and previously classified information on "enhanced interrogation" was made public... Crisis-rocked Third World countries eventually move on, setting up truth commissions and holding trials. But the United States remains very much in the grip of a 9/11 emergency mentality," - Ximena Ortiz, The American Conservative.

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