Saturday, July 16, 2005

Thomas Paine on Gitmo

OK, not exactly, but
An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression: for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach unto himself.

- Paine, from his "Dissertation on First Principles of Government" (Paris, July 1795)

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