Illustration: Luke Wilson
Sometimes people fail to see that individual decisions have universal consequences.
At first it didn't cross my mind that [the mistreatment of detainees] could have been a deliberate policy. Some people in the administration who supported it were friends, colleagues, team members, people I respected. But as one professor put it, sometimes "good people do bad things for good reasons."
I felt the policies I believed in would be best for our country, but regardless of politics, my responsibilities were clear. I had to protect my client [the U.S. military and its commander in chief].
My mother, whose family fled the Communist regime in Hungary, would have killed me if I had not stood up against government brutality and cruelty.
— As told to Amanda Robb