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All things considered, the antics of my government are still higher on my list of oh-god-we’re-all-gonna-die than quantum Zeno effects with dark energy. To illustrate why, I quote David Leppard in the Sunday Times:

A senior lawyer for the American government has told the Court of Appeal in London that kidnapping foreign citizens is permissible under American law because the US Supreme Court has sanctioned it. [...] Until now it was commonly assumed that US law permitted kidnapping only in the “extraordinary rendition” of terrorist suspects.

The American government has for the first time made it clear in a British court that the law applies to anyone, British or otherwise, suspected of a crime by Washington.

Yep. This is all gonna end well.

Via Warren Ellis.

3 Comments

  1. Blake, why do you hate our troops?

    • John Phillips
    • Posted Sunday, 2 December 2007 at 05:24 am
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    Considering that kidnapping is illegal in the UK if I seriously thought that the US might kidnap me and for some reason I would suffer extraordinary rendition, i.e. tortured in a third country, could I claim self defence due to being in fear of my life if I reacted with deadly force to such an attempt? I know that with the generally anti US (probably more anti Bush) sentiment in the UK at the moment I reckon a jury of my peers would likely acquit me in such an event.

    The more I hear the more I see the US as becoming the very opposite of the image most used to have of it. The Land of the Free and the home of the brave is fast becoming a very sick joke.

    • BaldApe
    • Posted Sunday, 2 December 2007 at 17:53 pm
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    It could end well. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Rove could be sent to the International Court in the Hague to answer for war crimes.

    I’m not holding my breath.