>Just to remind everyone about what’s at stake in November, we have these pearls of wisdom from Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia:
“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.”
Oh wow! I saw that episode of “24,” too! Yeah, that was so cool how Jack Bauer saved Los Angeles by smacking that …. oh, wait. That was a TV show.
British human rights law expert Conor Gearty exposed Scalia’s intellectual dishonesty:
“Antonin Scalia works hard to protect himself from having to think seriously about torture,” he said.
“His devices are quite obvious, the idea of a smack on the face – rather than sensory deprivation, or waterboarding or any of the Abu Ghraib images – and the comment about ‘so-called torture’…”
Professor Gearty accused Justice Scalia of creating a “nightmare scenario of mass destruction that all defenders of torture so need, to hide the fact that the reality of torture will be quite different.”
Indeed it is. And the last thing this country needs are more intellectually dishonest people like Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.