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In this photo, reviewed by the U.S. Military, leg shackles are seen on the floor at Camp 6 detention center, at the U.S. Naval Base, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, January 21, 2009. Reuters

If I torture a fiend to find out where he left a child to suffocate or starve in some dungeon, that’s a less evil act than torturing someone just to hear them renounce their god or country.

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Covering a story about society and culture? Here’s the latest from AEI’s Society and Culture experts.

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People (R) blocking the Lincoln Tunnel face police as they protest against the grand jury decision not to indict the police officer in the death of Eric Garner, in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York December 3, 2014. Reuters

Power over others, we are reminded this week by the tragedy of Eric Garner’s death, is a terrible beast that is difficult to tame.

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People stand next to a makeshift memorial where Eric Garner died during an arrest in July in Staten Island December 3, 2014. Reuters

Everyone agrees: No one should die for selling bootleg cigarettes. But if you pass and enforce a law against such things, you increase the chances things might go wrong. That’s a fact, whether it sounds callous to delicate ears or not.

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Dancers dressed as warriors perform at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu. The Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013.

The Hawaii congressional delegation has called on Barack Obama to issue an executive order recognizing Native Hawaiians as an Indian tribe.

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Representatives of the NAACP and other civil rights organizations speak to reporters after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of a federal law designed to protect minority voters, at the court's building in Washington, June 25, 2013. On Tuesday the court ruled in favor of officials from Shelby County, Alabama, in finding that a section of the landmark Voting Rights Act that sets the formula that determines which states need federal approval to change voting laws is invalid.

In a momentous 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court Tuesday invalidated a major provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that mandated federal oversight of election laws in states with a history of discriminatory practices.

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I had not thought that there was anything new to say in the debate over same-sex marriage.

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