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David Rivkin Quotes

Had the court ruled otherwise, instead of giving the president a choice between treating people as criminal suspects or releasing them, it would have dealt a very heavy blow to our ability to prosecute this war, so that basically affirms that the administration is proceeding in the right way.
David Rivkin
#Choice

The criminal-defendants' rights revolution has clearly stalled, there has been a fair amount of laissez-faire in antitrust issues and regulatory issues in general and considerable deference to the executive in administrative law.
David Rivkin
#Revolution

[In the 1960s, liberals] were arguing there was a constitutional basis to allow a judicially imposed redistribution of wealth: 'Why should one person live in a hovel and another live in a palace?', ... None of it got off the ground.
David Rivkin
#Liberals

Torture is defined, with reasonable certainty, severe pain and suffering, physical or psychological. It is defined about as well as legal terms can be defined.
David Rivkin
#Certainty

I couldn't hear much, but didn't care. Until I saw the Beatles play live, I had no idea that musicians could generate that kind of adoration. I was transformed by the whole experience.
David Rivkin
#Musicians

Everybody is treated the same way. You have dramatically eroded the symbolism, and after all, this is the war of ideas and symbols as much as the war of substance.
David Rivkin
#War

Detaining captured enemy combatants is an integral part of the president's ability to prosecute such a war,
David Rivkin
#Ability

It's absolutely, clearly, constitutionally permissible, as a matter of international law, for an enemy combatant, lawful or unlawful, detained in the course of open hostilities, to be held on any charges proffered, for the duration of this particular conflict,
David Rivkin
#Law

For a very simple reason: It's not penal or punitive, or designed to get info out of him, which is entirely possible. You want to make sure he doesn't go back and pick up arms against you.
David Rivkin
#Reason