The Cost of our Fear - Black Sites and the Erosion of our Values

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Following the attacks of 9/11, an important part of public debate in the West focussed on what would constitute an appropriate response. Apart from a few dissenting voices, most agreed that the scale of the attacks justified extraordinary measures both as a response and to prevent future attacks.

How did a democratic government come to believe that black sites were a necessity? How did the ‘general public’ in Western societies, come to believe that their security depended on the complete negation of the dignity of other human beings? What remains today of this dismantling of the legal and moral structures of society?

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