The Times no longer thunders, it squeaks. And thundering never was the Guardian’s way. It speaks softly, with controlled passion, from the moral high ground of the Left.
Here are two fine examples: one on the detention of Mr Miranda, the other on the sentence handed down to Mr Manning. Both are well worth reading in full.
The detention of Mr Miranda subverts the benefit of the doubt that liberal democracies ask for when they arm themselves against terrorism. States pass anti-terror laws that grant exceptional powers on the strict understanding that terror poses exceptional threats and that such powers will be used proportionately. The Miranda detention betrays that understanding, since it does not involve terrorism in any way. Democratic leaders have likewise claimed to recognise the legitimacy of a public debate about the proportionate nature of the state’s weaponry against terrorism. This case suggests the state takes us for fools.
Mr Manning, according to this logic [he has been sentenced to 36 years in prison], did more harm than the soldier who gave a Jordanian intelligence agent information on the build-up to the first Iraq war, or the marine who gave the KGB the identities of CIA agents and floorplans of the embassies in Moscow and Vienna. Mr Manning did three times as much harm in transmitting to WikiLeaks in 2010 the war logs or field reports from Iraq and Afghanistan, as Charles Graner did. He was the army reserve corporal who became ringleader of the Abu Ghraib abuse ring and was set free after serving six and a half years of his 10-year sentence.