But with its usual eloquence, The Economist explains why we should never use it:
When liberals put the case for civil liberties, they sometimes claim that obnoxious measures do not help the fight against terrorism anyway. The Economist is liberal but disagrees. We accept that letting secret policemen spy on citizens, detain them without trial and use torture to extract information makes it easier to foil terrorist plots. To eschew such tools is to fight terrorism with one hand tied behind your back. But that—with one hand tied behind their back—is precisely how democracies ought to fight terrorism.
Speaking of which, has anybody else noticed how Michael 'I love JFK' Bay seems to have sneaked an anti-Abu Ghraib statement into Transformers (I am of course referring to the Bumblebee torture scene) - or am I seeing depth where there is only (albeit rather magnificently shot) shallowness?