1. A recent study found that the US now imprisons more people than authoritarian China. Read the Washington Post report. But note that Jacob Sullum rightly asks us to be sceptical of China’s official incarceration figures.
2. Graphic video evidence of prisoner abuse in an American prison has emerged. Read Tim Lynch’s analysis. Remember this occurred in a domestic context where the rule of law is supposedly protected. It’s much harder to obtain such evidence from the secret prisons run by the CIA, or from Guantanamo Bay.
3. The latest edition of the Human Rights Record of the United States (prepared by the Chinese government to counter American preaching about human rights) is also worth reading.
Yep. The US truly is the most qualified nation to spread the values of freedom and democracy through the barrel of a gun.