December 10th, 2005

2001 (HAL 9000 eye)

Well, at least *someone* gets it...

The issue is one of constitutional principle, whether evidence obtained by torturing another human being may lawfully be admitted against a party to proceedings in a British court, irrespective of where, or by whom, or on whose authority the torture was inflicted. To that question I would give a very clear negative answer.

—Lord Bingham, lead opinion of the Law Lords of the United Kingdom

In our own century, many people in the United States, heirs to that [British] common-law tradition, have felt their country dishonored by its use of torture outside the jurisdiction, and its practice of extra-legal 'rendition' of suspects to countries where they would be tortured.

—Lord Hoffman