From Morning Edition's story about the problems that the EU is having fighting terrorism:
Some in Europe worry that efforts to streamline anti-terrorism policies at the EU to look more like the U.S., could erode public oversight and individual rights here. De Vries says America's current image makes the job of fighting terrorism difficult in Europe.
"The United States used to be known as a country of the rule of law and of liberty," he says.
Today, those associations are with the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, detainees at Guantanamo Bay and CIA renditions, de Vries says.
"That is sapping support for the United States, and also indirectly for Europe worldwide," he says.
Remember that if another terrorist attack hits the US and we are subjected to the corporate media's expert analysis that all leads to the inescapable conclusion that it was the Democrats' fault.