Remarks by Secretary Michael Chertoff and President of the Supreme Court of Israel Dorit Beinisch to the Heritage Foundation's Civil Rights and the War on Terror: Dilemmas and Challenges Event [April 30, 2008]   [open pdf - 70KB]

From the remarks of Secretary Chertoff: "Part of the debate is recognition of the fact that there will be a cost on either side. We have to prepare to accept that cost. I think what's happened all too often is we've kicked that decision down the road and, as a consequence, then, in the line of hindsight, particularly when threats have been avoided, there's been a tendency to be critical about measures that were taken and it's hard not to wonder whether that's not influenced by the fact that nothing's happened and therefore, since nothing happened, maybe we didn't need to do as much as we did. It's a little bit like saying I didn't need to take my vaccination because I didn't get sick. Well, you know, who knows whether you would have gotten sick. Basic fairness to the people who put their lives on the line and go out there and actually operate and execute in the defense of the country suggest that we owe them support for what they've done as long as it's being done in good faith and not for a corrupt motive or an evil motive."

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