In the wake of 11 September 2001 and the ensuing Western ‘war on terror’, extraordinary measures have been brought into play in the four corners of the world, in the name of fighting terrorism.
These have resulted in widespread human rights violations and the curtailment of civil liberties. But have they made us any safer?
Once democracies begin to accept torture and the various perversions of the judicial process, do they have any moral authority left to confront the despots who are using counterterrorism as an excuse for cleaning up their enemies?
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