Was Freeborn John tortured in vain?

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August 16, 2011
Foundation for Economic Education
by Wendy McElroy  
Posted in Commentary

"'Taking the Fifth' -- invoking the right against self-incrimination -- is a mainstay of mafia movies in which heinous criminals hide behind liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Today guarantees such as due process are often portrayed as encumbrances that threaten security or justice by shackling authorities who are hunting the heinous, like terrorists; the conflict is usually expressed as 'liberty versus security.'" (08/16/11)


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