The Arrogance Principle

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia citing justification of torture:

“Jack Bauer saved Los Angeles. … He saved hundreds of thousands of lives. Are you going to convict Jack Bauer?”

From Your Handy-Dandy Guide To White House Corruption

Golden rule of wrongdoing in the White HouseSlate’s diagram of the Whitehouse’ Golden Rule of Wrongdoing

Arrogance has a permanent flaw: When you think you’re the highest point, you don’t look up.