Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Civil liberties as an antidote to violent extremism

John C. GannonJohn C. Gannon, former CIA Deputy Director for Intelligence, thinks that civil liberties are a vital bulwark against terror (thanks, Dave!):

"I believe that the hard-won Constitutional freedoms enjoyed by Americans, along with our unparalleled commitment to civil liberties embedded in law, work against the development of domestic terrorist networks that could be exploited by foreigners," testified Gannon, who is now a Vice President at BAE Systems Information Technology…

"This is not an academic point for me. It is an observation from a career of watching the domestic consequences of repressive regimes elsewhere in the world--including US-friendly Islamic governments such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt."

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