Scalia Gives OK to Torture

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says torture (aggressive interrogation, in his words) is o.k., such as "stick[ing] something under the fingernail, smack[ing] him in the face". The London interview concluded with Scalia saying that he is not really a "tough guy". "I'm very tender," he said.

Has everybody in Washington gone mad? Isn't it enough that the administration and CIA have conducted torture on prisoners? Now the judicial branch is getting into the act, too, and practically advertising what its future rulings will be on this subject. We have lost our moral compass. The terrorists have already won if they can transform our society and constitutional guarantees so easily. A lot more than some towers fell on 9-11. We are quickly losing our institutions, the rule of law, and equal justice for all.

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That the Ohio Civil Rights Commission can use 'proceedures' to get the truth

out of Finkbeiner ?

Scalia watches '24', so he knows that torture is good.

"The federal criminal code unambiguously stipulates: "Whoever outside the United States commits or attempts to commit torture shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both," Jurisdiction over the offense attaches if "the alleged offender is a national of the United States." Torture is defined as an act committed by a person acting under color of law "specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain... upon another person within his custody or physical control."

"In turn, severe mental pain and suffering is defined as "prolonged mental harm" occasioned by "the threat of imminent death." Waterboarding does precisely that."

There are some lines in a play in which a man is cautioned against cutting down the protection of the law to get at his enemies. "I would cut down a whole forest to get at my enemies," he says. "Oh, and when they come for you, where will you hide?" replies the other man.

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