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De Standaard - Belgium | Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Torture makes Democrats barbaric

The report on CIA torture methods is a lesson in humility faced with the power of terror, the liberal daily De Standaard warns: "A constitutional state that gives its intelligence agency a legal basis for the arrest, unlimited detention and torture of suspects is no longer in control of the terrorist machine that it itself set in motion. Even in a country in which all democratic institutions function and all institutional guarantees are upheld, the limitation of basic rights leads to uncontrolled arbitrariness, violence and the abuse of power. ... The fact that the torture achieved nothing comes as a release, however. And perhaps it's the best way of preventing a government from once again trying to take the search for a 'forceful' answer this far. ... Those who torture accept the barbaric logic of the enemy."

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