Scalia comments on terrorists and "torture"
Nino weighs in on the debate over so-called "torture" of terrorist in a recent interview for the BBC. Via Newsmax.
Scalia Sees a Role for Physical InterrogationsWASHINGTON - Justice Antonin Scalia said Tuesday that some physical interrogation techniques could be used on a suspect in the event of an imminent threat, like a hidden bomb about to blow up.
In such cases, "smacking someone in the face" could be justified, Justice Scalia told the British Broadcasting Corporation. He added, "You can't come in smugly and with great self-satisfaction and say, Oh, it's torture, and therefore it's no good.' "But "is it really so easy," he said, "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?" "It would be absurd to say you couldn't do that," the justice said. "And once you acknowledge that, we're into a different game. How close does the threat have to be? And how severe can the infliction of pain be?"
"Strike a blow" for common sense, (pun intended). He then went on to dis the European's attitude toward the US and our use of the death penalty.
"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," he said. "But to get self-righteous about the thing as Europeans tend to do about the American death penalty is really quite ridiculous."
Those are the same Europeans that Democrats spend so much time worrying about what they think of us. Here's hoping for more Supreme Court Justices who couldn't care less what they think!