Because It Is Wrong by Charles Fried
Torture, Privacy and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror

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Elevating the torture and privacy debate, this book brilliantly challenges the knee-jerk responses of those in media and government.

Can torture ever be justified? When is eavesdropping acceptable? Should a kidnapper be waterboarded to reveal where his victim has been hidden? Ever since 9/11 there has been an intense debate about the government’s application of torture and the pervasive use of eavesdropping and data mining in order to thwart acts of terrorism. To create this seminal statement on torture and surveillance, Charles Fried and Gregory Fried have measured current controversies against the philosophies of Aristotle, Locke, Kant, and Machiavelli, and against the historic decisions, large and small, of Jefferson, Lincoln, and Pope Sixtus V, among many others. Because It Is Wrong not only discusses the behavior and justifications of Bush government officials but also examines more broadly what should be done when high officials have broken moral and legal norms in an attempt to protect us. This is a moral and philosophical meditation on some of the most urgent issues of our time.

About Charles Fried

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Charles Fried, the Beneficial Professor Law at the Harvard Law School, has taught and written about legal philosophy and constitutional law for over forty years. He served as solicitor general of the United States in the Reagan administration and as a judge on the highest court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. His books include Modern Liberty and the Limits of Government, Right and Wrong, and (with his son, Gregory Fried) Because It Is Wrong. Gregory Fried, is chair of the Philosophy Department at Suffolk University. His books include Heidegger’s Polemos.
Published September 6, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 224 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Here the Frieds are particularly convincing, teasing out the strands of privacy claims and demonstrating that, if certain limits are observed, violations of privacy might be justified in emergency circumstances.

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The father-son writers responsible for this lucid, meticulous text draw on their individual scholarly backgrounds to scrutinize the ethics of torture and privacy violations in the Bush era.

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