THEN: John Adams risks his personal safety and reputation to vigorously defend, on principle, the five British soldiers accused in the Boston Massacre. Thomas Paine writes, "He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself."
NOW: The interagency High Value Detainee Interrogation Group, created by President Obama in early 2009, continued to interrogate a wounded suspect alone in a hospital room for at least 16 hours despite the repeated requests by the suspect, who is a U.S. citizen, for help from an attorney. The suspect finally received the help guaranteed to him under the United States Constitution only because a federal magistrate, on her own initiative, defied the FBI and visited the suspect in the hospital.
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