“…kidnapping foreign citizens is permissable under American law because the US Supreme Court has sanctioned it.”

December 2, 2007 at 4:13 pm (frightening things, politics) (, , , )

This is a real headline: US says it has right to kidnap British citizens.

No, really, it’s not parody:

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.

Until now it was commonly assumed that US law permitted kidnapping only in the “extraordinary rendition” of terrorist suspects.

The American government has for the first time made it clear in a British court that the law applies to anyone, British or otherwise, suspected of a crime by Washington.

No further comment, from me nor the US Justice Department.

Via Shakesville.

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