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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.

Jones replied that it was acceptable under American law to kidnap people if they were wanted for offences in America. He said that if a person was kidnapped by the US authorities in another country and was brought back to face charges in America, no US court could rule that the abduction was illegal and free him: “If you kidnap a person outside the United States and you bring him there, the court has no jurisdiction to refuse — it goes back to bounty hunting days in the 1860s.”

[And Americans wonder why people hate their country...]


Dec. 3rd, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
Um, did I miss something there? US law != UK law (Scotland or England or ...). It may be legal for the Americans to kidnap a British citizen in America, but I'm pretty sure it is not legal for the Americans to kidnap a British citizen from Britain.

It sure would be nice to see some of our politicians stand up and say "Uh... no?".



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