Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Antonin Scalia on Torture

Antonin Scalia is a disgrace to the Supreme Court. He has the audacity to tell Leslie Stahl that torture is not cruel and unusual punishment.

"If someone's in custody, as in Abu Ghraib, and they are brutalized by a law enforcement person, if you listen to the expression 'cruel and unusual punishment,' doesn't that apply?" Stahl asks.

"No, No," Scalia replies.

"Cruel and unusual punishment?" Stahl asks.

"To the contrary," Scalia says. "Has anybody ever referred to torture as punishment? I don't think so."

"Well, I think if you are in custody, and you have a policeman who's taken you into custody…," Stahl says.

"And you say he's punishing you?" Scalia asks.

"Sure," Stahl replies.

"What's he punishing you for? You punish somebody…," Scalia says.

"Well because he assumes you, one, either committed a crime…or that you know something that he wants to know," Stahl says.

"It's the latter. And when he's hurting you in order to get information from you…you don’t say he's punishing you. What’s he punishing you for? He's trying to extract…," Scalia says.

"Because he thinks you are a terrorist and he's going to beat the you-know-what out of you…," Stahl replies.

"Anyway, that’s my view," Scalia says. "And it happens to be correct."


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At April 29, 2008 7:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Scalia speaks of is clearly a form of punishment for non-compliance during interrogation. How in the world could it be viewed as anything else? Scalia is a Bill O'Rilly type with a law degree that has gotten away with puerile semantics in the public forum of justification concerning his regressive political agendas (and not without media assistance). His ideology and world views are not just immoral, but contrary to historical progression of the American constitutional standard, which has eroded over these past thirty something years due to Republican domination of government, assisted by 2nd and 3rd party ineptness. Again, another dictum from Scalia that clearly smacks of fascism, as this "republican revolution" has only freed the institution (sometimes the corporation) clearly at the expense of the individual. I hope to see this ilk chuckling all the way to the end of the gang plank...soon. Impeach.

Ben Mercadante

Odessa, Fl

At April 30, 2008 4:36 PM , Blogger Vox Populi said...

Isn't he disgusting?>

A STREET THUG on the Supreme Court.

No agenda afoot there. He thinks he is untouchable but once he started running his mouth folks SAW him.
He can be recalled or impeached.
I've been researching it

Because it's OBVIOUS that he has a messiah complex effecting his mental capacity to do JACKSHIT but pontificate on the benefits of torture.
Another one who hung out with george w bush yanking wings off pretty lil butterflies when he was young.

Oddly enough, he and I completely agree on the issue of NOT televising criminal court or any court. But, for very different reasons.
Those reasons are extremely important.

At April 30, 2008 4:37 PM , Blogger Vox Populi said...

good for you, ben mercadante. You said A MOUTHFUL. Thank you.

At May 01, 2008 12:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for creating the initiative and space for others to do so. It is a sad state of affairs in this country today, when issues and leadership as this passes for acceptable, shameful.

Ben Mercadante


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