CNN.com – Dershowitz: Torture could be justified – Mar. 3, 2003

Liberal civil libertarian Alan Dershowitz said that torture isn’t prohibited by the Constitution. Interesting in context of the last week’s news. Absolute crap, of course, since torture is prohibited by treaty and the Constitution makes treaty law “supreme law of the land,” but still interesting.

CNN.com – Dershowitz: Torture could be justified – Mar. 3, 2003
“DERSHOWITZ: Well, we don’t know, and that’s why [we could use] a torture warrant, which puts a heavy burden on the government to demonstrate by factual evidence the necessity to administer this horrible, horrible technique of torture. I would talk about nonlethal torture, say, a sterilized needle underneath the nail, which would violate the Geneva Accords, but you know, countries all over the world violate the Geneva Accords. They do it secretly and hypothetically, the way the French did it in Algeria. If we ever came close to doing it, and we don’t know whether this is such a case, I think we would want to do it with accountability and openly and not adopt the way of the hypocrite.”

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