Another Triumph for Our Stupid Torture Policies

Turns out that when you torture people, foreign governments refuse to extradite them–because you tortured them and the “evidence” you obtained is inadmissible.


It also turns out that the brutal cowards and draft dodgers who authorize the torture are afraid to go abroad lest they get Pinocheted as the war criminals they are.

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  • Mercury

    I am not being an apologist for torture, but you do know that several European governments will not extradite heinous criminals if there is a chance they might face the death penalty in the US?

    Meanwhile, how much you wanna bet the Norwegians let Anders Behring Breivik out in less than 30 years?

  • Marthe Lépine

    Thank you, Mark. Good post, as usual!

  • Sean O

    It really is beyond offensive. Almost to a man, the most aggressive warhawks and torture enthusiasts are men who studiously avoided service in the military themselves. There seems to be some sort of “toughness” overcompensation going on. I guess you can throw Bachman in with them too.

  • “In October 2004, the U.S. paid Pakistani intelligence agents $500,000 to kidnap Abdullah Khadr.

    “He was prevented from speaking to consular officials and beaten until he co-operated with Pakistani intelligence.

    “American agents also interrogated him in Pakistani detention and got him to admit he had procured weapons for al-Qaeda.”

    Holy crap.

  • Deacon Nathan Allen

    Principles of fundamental justice “should not be used to impose the technicalities of our criminal law on a foreign partner,” the request argued.

    Really? The Canadian government tried to argue that principles of fundamental justice shoudn’t be invoked where a Canadian citizen faces trial? Both the US government and the Canadian government arguing on their behalf deserved this smackdown.