"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)
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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