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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Scalia Shows Contempt For Constitution

Scalia demonstrates how to break fingers during interrogations.

In an interview last month on BBC's "Law in Action" program
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said he had no problem with using torture on terror suspects.
"It seems to me you have to say, as unlikely as that is, it would be absurd to say you couldn't, I don't know, stick something under the fingernail, smack him in the face. It would be absurd to say you couldn't do that," said Scalia.
Once again Scalia has demonstrated he would be cast more correctly in The Sopranos or the God Father than as a Supreme Court Justice.
"I suppose it's the same thing about so-called torture," he said in the interview. "Is it really so easy to determine that smacking someone in the face to find out where he has hidden the bomb that is about to blow up Los Angeles is prohibited by the Constitution?”
Said Scalia.
"Europeans get really quite self-righteous, you know, (saying) 'no civilized society uses it.' They used it themselves - 30 years ago," he said, adding that a majority of Europeans probably supported capital punishment anyway.”
This is the mindset of the man who conservatives fall all over themselves telling the public that he is an example of the kind of judge that should be stacked onto the Supreme Court if a Republican conservative wins the presidential election.
Scalia said Europeans should not look to the U.S. for the law and he wouldn’t look to Europe for legal precedents, a strange argument indeed. Especially strange when the origins of our jurisprudence lie in English Common Law and the principles of the Athenian Democracy as well as other legal codes in history. Thankfully our founding fathers were not as smug and arrogant as Scalia.


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