David Corn on the Obama transition team:
And then there’s—you know, just in terms of looking at how this bunch may be different than the Bush bunch, which isn’t hard to do, Sarah Sewall is leading the transition’s national security team. She works at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. And one of her specialties is the ethics of fighting terrorism. Just think about that for a moment. The ethics of fighting terrorism? That’s probably nothing that got a lot of attention in, say, Dick Cheney’s office.
Heck, it hadn’t gotten a whole lot of attention in my office, either. So I put on my thinking cap and compiled a list of ethical-type concerns when fighting terrorists. Here’s what I came up with.
1. Kill the other fella before he kills you.
2. And then I pretty much ran out of stuff.
3. Also, a good list needs at least three items.
Satisfied with my work, I took a quick nap.