“Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions. I believe that many of these decisions were motivated by a sincere desire to protect the American people. But I also believe that all too often our government made decisions based on fear rather than foresight; that all too often our government trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions. Instead of strategically applying our power and our principles, too often we set those principles aside as luxuries that we could no longer afford. And during this season of fear, too many of us – Democrats and Republicans, politicians, journalists, and citizens – fell silent. In other words, we went off course … It was an assessment that … called for a new approach – one that rejected torture and one that recognized the imperative of closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay.” Obama, National Archives speech, Washington D.C., May 21, 2009.