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Because It Is Wrong

Torture, Privacy and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror

Charles Fried (Author), Gregory Fried (Author, Suffolk University)

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Elevating the torture and privacy debate, this book brilliantly challenges the knee-jerk responses of those in media and government.

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. This is a moral and philosophical meditation on some of the most urgent issues of our time.

Book Details

  • Hardcover, Rough Front - Edge: Deckle, Feather, Uncut
  • September 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-06951-8
  • 6.1 × 8.6 in / 224 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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