Our most distinguished jurist says that there is nothing in the Constitution that protects you from Dick Cheney and his waterboard. Justice Scalia, in an interview with the BBC, said that a slap in the face, a pair of pliers to the nuts, the Iron Maiden … whatever it takes!
Justice Antonin Scalia told the BBC that “smacking someone in the face” could be justified if there was an imminent threat.
“You can’t come in smugly and with great self satisfaction and say ‘Oh it’s torture, and therefore it’s no good’,” he said in a rare interview.
I’m sure Nino would be smugness itself with a hood over his head and electrodes on his testicles. You’ll find more horrific statements after the jump.
In the interview with the Law in Action programme on BBC Radio 4, he said it was “extraordinary” to assume that the ban on “cruel and unusual punishment” - the US Constitution’s Eighth Amendment - also applied to “so-called” torture.
“To begin with the constitution… is referring to punishment for crime. And, for example, incarcerating someone indefinitely would certainly be cruel and unusual punishment for a crime.”
Justice Scalia argued that courts could take stronger measures when a witness refused to answer questions.
“I suppose it’s the same thing about so-called torture. Is it really so easy 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?” he asked.
“It would be absurd to say you couldn’t do that. 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?”
Wasn’t there? … hold on … [google google]. Oh yeah:
Uncle Nino also had a big fuck you for the EU:
Justice Scalia also mocked European criticism of the US 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.
“There are arguments for it and against it. But to get self-righteous about the thing as Europeans tend to do about the American death penalty is really quite ridiculous.”
You know, I think if Nino were hauled out of his house, extraordinarily rendered to Poland, and tortured for an hour or two that his view might change. If, say, cops hauled him out of his car, searched it stem to stern, and shoved a nightstick up his ass (what we here in NYC call “the full Giuliani”), we might get some of the 4th amendment back.
Fuck you Nino. I am horrrified that an authoritarian, racist, scumbag like you exists, much less sits on the bench of what used to be a respected institution. I can only hope, next time you’re in Europe, they arrest you for the war crimes you helped perpetrate. Enjoy the blood on your hands motherfucker.
Scalia in Uncompromising Form [bbc.co.uk]