„Who are we, who is each one of us, if not a combinatoria of experiences, information, books we have read, things imagined?“

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„I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn't wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for?“

—  Franz Kafka, Letters to Friends, Family, and Editors
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„:I don't, everything I've read shows that we would not have gotten this information as to who this man was if it had not been gotten information from people who were subject to enhanced interrogation. And so this idea that we didn't ask that question while Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was being waterboarded, he doesn't understand how enhanced interrogation works. I mean, you break somebody, and after they're broken, they become cooperative. And that's when we got this information. And one thing led to another, and led to another, and that's how we ended up with bin Laden. That seems to be clear from all the information I read. Maybe McCain has better information than I do, but from what I’ve seen, it seems pretty clear that but for these cooperative witnesses who were cooperative as a result of enhanced interrogations, we would not have gotten bin Laden.“

—  Rick Santorum American politician 1958
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum reacts to Newt Gingrich's slam of Paul Ryan Hugh Hewitt Radio 2011-05-17 http://www.hughhewitt.com/transcripts.aspx?id=d18eabab-3f0c-4611-8dcc-c277fa7f0deb 2011-05-19 Regarding Senator John McCain's statements on the Senate Floor http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-pn-mccain-bin-laden-20110512,0,185175.story on 2011-05-12, where he said "We did not learn Abu Ahmed's real name or alias as a result of waterboarding or any "enhanced interrogation technique" used on a detainee in U.S. custody. None of the three detainees who were waterboarded provided Abu Ahmed’s real name, his whereabouts, or an accurate description of his role in Al Qaeda. In fact, not only did the use of 'enhanced interrogation techniques' on Khalid Shaikh Mohammed not provide us with key leads on Bin Laden's courier, Abu Ahmed; it actually produced false and misleading information." John McCain was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

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„The world is a beautiful book, but of little use to him who cannot read it.“

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Pamela (c. 1750), Il mondo è un bel libro, ma poco serve a chi non lo sa leggere. I. 14.

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