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November 19th, 2006

INQUISITION IN AMERICA -BAD IDEA


"Nullum crimen sine lege, nulla poena sine lege"

"HALE: Mister, I have myself examined Tituba, Sarah Good, and numerous others that have confessed in dealing with

the Devil. They have confessed it.
"PROCTOR: And why not, if they must hang for denyin' it? There are them that will swear to anything before they'll

hang; have you never thought of that?"  Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"


"In the chaos now roiling the Western world, does any of this sound familiar?

"It is time to ask whether the United States, with some of these same touchstones, is entering a period of its own peculiar

Inquisition. Of course, there are no burning places for heretics in America now. No Tomás de Torquemada presides over

this period of internal anxiety and investigation.

"But the word, inquisition, is not exclusive to Spain in the Middle Ages. It is a useful term for historians to characterize

phases of history that are distinguished by religious intolerance, by Christian holy war and Islamic jihad, by racial

profiling and xenophobia, by show trials, and by snooping of secret police."

 James Reston Jr., USA TODAY
"The 'American Inquisition'
Posted 4/17/2006 8:42 PM ET
(Complete essay http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2006-04-17-american-inquisition-edit_x.htm)




"No one familiar with the history of this country can deny that congressional committees are useful. It is necessary to

investigate before legislating, but the line between investigating and persecuting is a very fine one and the junior Senator

from Wisconsin has stepped over it repeatedly. His primary achievement has been in confusing the public mind, as

between the internal and the external threats of Communism. We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must

remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will

not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and

our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men -- not from men who feared to write, to speak, to

associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular."
Edward R. Murrow on McCarthyism

(Complete transcript, See it Now (CBS-TV, March 9, 1954) at http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/murrowmccarthy.html)



Other Works
Stanley Kutler, The American Inquisition (1982)
Richard Rovere, Senator Joe McCarthy (1959)
Thomas C. Reeves, The Life and Times of Joe McCarthy (1982)

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