The New York Times review of the new Star Trek film contains this nugget:
Mr. Abrams doesn’t venture into politics as boldly as Mr. Roddenberry sometimes did, though it’s worth noting he does equate torture with barbarism.
It's "political" now, to say that torture is barbarism. At some point the low bar we've set for ourselves is going to hit us, very hard, in the face.
-- A. Serwer