"'A nation' he heard himself say, 'consists of its laws. A nation does not consist of its situation at a given time. If an individual's morals are situational, that individual is without morals. If a nation's laws are situational, that nation has no laws, and soon isn't a nation.'"
- William Gibson, Spook Country
Spook Country is the one of the three books in Gibson's latest trilogy that addresses our response to 9/11 most directly.
This quote seems appropriate to me today, when we have US Senators openly advocating for denying a US citizen his rights.