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Thursday, October 04, 2007

A moral hero

Today's lead article on the front page of The New York Times tells a long, sordid story of secrecy and deception on the part of the Justice Department with regard to "interrogation techniques" and definitions of torture. What is particularly striking in the midst of this tale of sycophants who would rather be Bush's close confidantes than tell him something he does not want to hear, is the rather heroic example of James Comey, deputy attorney general, who said to his colleagues in the department that they would all be "ashamed" when the world learned of what had been secretly done. Mr. Comey left the department after this, having had enough even before this particular scene took place. If only we had more people like him in government!