Saturday, December 04, 2004

I see by the papers

Evidence gained by torture is acceptable as evidence

An argument by U.S. Associate Attorney General Brian Boyle
Saturday, December 4, 2004 at 07:56 JST
WASHINGTON — Evidence gained by torture can be used by the U.S. military in deciding whether to imprison a foreigner indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as an enemy combatant, the government concedes.
This article, and ones similar to it are appearing all over the world press, from
Japan Today to the Air Force Times. The government’s case, which we have all heard before, is stated quite arrogantly by Boyle in his arguments before the US Circuit Court and reported by the AP.

In essence, the detainees (at Guantanamo and elsewhere) have zero rights. Boyle is bald-faced about this, and apparently believes it. (No wonder some people want to kill all the lawyers.) In fact, reading between the lines, it seems that Boyle is also promoting the quaint idea that since some of the evidence collected was from foreign torturers (i.e., Jordan, Syria, etc.), we can use it because we weren’t the torturers. Forget the old rule about tainted evidence; we got the goods by hook and by crook, and screw the Bill of Rights. Talk about splitting hairs. What law school did Boyle and Gonzales, et al go to? Somebody needs to burn it down.

By the way, just what does "concedes" mean in the para above? Sounds to me like some kind of spin, as if the government were being gracious about their legal tomfoolery. Duh?

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