Scalia: “So-Called Torture” A-OK

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s act has been so successful here in the U.S. that he’s taking it on the road. As Reuters reports, Scalia appeared on the BBC Radio 4 program Law in Action to say that slapping a suspect upside the head is a perfectly legitimate interrogation technique where t’rr’rism is involved. And once we acknowledge that basic truth, it’s Katy bar the goddamn door:

Is it really so easy to determine that smacking someone in the face to determine where he has hidden the bomb that is about to blow up Los Angeles is prohibited in the Constitution?” he asked. “It would be absurd to say you couldn’t do that. And once you acknowledge that, we’re into a different game” Scalia said. “How close does the threat have to be? And how severe can the infliction of pain be?”

Shades of last year’s Jack Bauer comments.

But he wasn’t done there. Oh, no.

Lobbying for the role of unofficial U.S. Ambassador of Goodwill, Scalia also chastised those priggish, candy-assed Europeans for their undemocratic stance on the righteous practice of state-conducted killin’:

“If you took a public opinion poll, if all of Europe had representative democracies that really worked, most of Europe would probably have the death penalty today,” he said.

“There are arguments for it and against it. But to get self-righteous about the thing as Europeans tend to do about the American death penalty is really quite ridiculous,” he said.

Take that, ya unwashed sanctimonious fops.

Antonin Scalia: International Man of Knobbery

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  • Clutch  On February 12, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    So Europeans tend to support the death penalty. And Europeans tend to be self-righteous about not having the death penalty.

    And this guy is the genius of the right wing judiciary?

  • genghishitler  On February 12, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Yep. Correct in all respects.

  • Clutch  On February 12, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Ah. As in, grubs are the delicacy of insect cuisine.

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