Monday, December 3, 2007

The unforgiving minute

Oh my.

This doesn't sound like a very good idea, even by the admittedly low standards of the Bush administration.

AMERICA has told Britain that it can “kidnap” British citizens if they are wanted for crimes in the United States.

A senior lawyer for the American government has told the Court of Appeal in London that kidnapping foreign citizens is permissible under American law because the US Supreme Court has sanctioned it. […]

“The United States does have a view about procuring people to its own shores which is not shared,” [Alun Jones QC, representing the US government,] said.

Perhaps Junior, whose relationship with the whole history thing is on-again-off-again at best anyway, wasn't paying much attention that week in class, but back when I was in junior high we learned about how we fought a war with England over this sort of abducting-citizens business back in 1812. Even got a ripping good song out of it. (Although that time around, we were of course the good guys.)

Minute's up.

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