The chilling effect
An open Internet—one that continues to fulfill the democratic function of giving voice to individuals, especially those who speak in dissent—demands that each of us make the choice to support this and to resist government censorship and other acts to chill speech, even when that decision is hard. And sometimes it is.
David Drummond ’85, chief legal officer of Google, on April 13.
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Global due process
Human rights law makes quite clear that torture or beatings or attempts to control freedom of expression are all violations of international law—but that’s not the same as saying, Can the international courts now get a grip on all of this? … Cases have to come before those courts.
Dame Rosalyn Higgins, former head of the International Court of Justice, on Feb. 24.
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No safe place for al-Qaeda
We and our partners will go after al-Qaeda wherever they operate overseas and wherever they try to run. Our counterterrorism efforts have put their senior leaders under intense pressure, especially over the past two years, and especially in Pakistan’s tribal areas. The truth is that al-Qaeda can no longer regard that region as safe.
Leon Panetta ’60, J.D. ’63, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, on Oct. 8, 2010. This Spring, Panetta was nominated to become the next secretary of defense.
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