Extraordinary “Kidnapping”

2 12 2007

The Sunday Times in the UK has reported that 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.

For those who believed that US law allowed kidnapping only in the extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects, or whoever they don’t like, this comes off pretty surprising.

Also in the story, Shami Chakrabarti, director of the human rights group Liberty, said: “This law may date back to bounty hunting days, but they should sort it out if they claim to be a civilised nation.”

I am sure there are more surprises to come. Surprise us, Justice Department!





Picture Power

21 11 2007

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In this photo taken by Farjana Khan Goghuly of AFP/Getty Images,

Khalilur Rahman, a Bangladeshi cyclone-affected man who lost 11 members of his family including his wife and his other children, cries holding his only survived daughter while waiting to get relief goods in Fokirghat, on the southern coastal area of Bangladesh, 20 November 2007.