"It is a cruel and bitter truth that in the fog of war generally and our fight against terrorists specifically, mistakes — sometimes deadly mistakes — can occur." — President Barack Obama, who revealed that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and an Italian being held hostage by al-Qaida, as well as two other Americans who had leadership roles with the terror network.
"Once he is a prisoner he is absolutely your responsibility. Even if there was no malign intent, even if there was no assault, he's your prisoner. He goes into the wagon alive, he can't come out dead." — Peter Moskos, a former Baltimore officer who teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, on Freddie Gray, who died of a fatal spine injury while in Baltimore police custody.
"The good guys won. And that's what's been happening in this country all along, even during slavery." — Lorenzo Lynch after his daughter, Loretta Lynch, won confirmation as the nation's first black female attorney general.