Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Torture still illegal, but only when performed by non-USAmericans

The Washington Post writes that Chuckie’s conviction is “the first test of an American law that gives prosecutors the power to bring charges for acts of torture committed in foreign lands.”   In other words, US law against torture applies to the entire world, to every other country except the United States.  The hubris is unimaginable--no country can torture except the US.  
Isn’t it great to be an American! Our laws don’t apply to us, only to every other nation.  This is what it means to be the moral light of the world, the unipower, the salt of the earth.
If only American laws applied to the American government.  Then the criminals who have been in charge for 8 years could be prosecuted for their extreme violation of United States laws.  But, of course, the great moral American government is far above the law.  American law only applies to dispensable nations.  America is not answerable to law, not to its own law and not to international law.
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