Some kid gets hauled out of his house in the middle of the night because eager beaver Feds empowered by the Patriot Act to shred the Constitution are hyperventilating over somebody apparently hacking the kid’s IP and faking bomb threats.
Two months later, the kid is still rotting in the slammer while his mother is powerless to do a thing about it.
Of course, the kid *might* be guilty of something. What should we do?
Well, Charles Krauthammer is urging us all to make ourselves safer with this logic:
Question: If you have the slightest belief that hanging this man by his thumbs will get you the information to save a million people, are you permitted to do it? Now, on most issues regarding torture, I confess tentativeness and uncertainty. But on this issue, there can be no uncertainty: Not only is it permissible to hang this miscreant by his thumbs. It is a moral duty.