Daily Revolt

December 02, 2007

U.S to UK: We Can Forcibly Arrest Your Citizens in Britain

This is astonishing. This is being said to our allies, the British. How do you say such a thing? It is the talk of one those third-world lawless regimes, not the leader of the free world. Of course, FOXNews makes an argument for this behavior. How far we've sunk. What if the Italians decided to arrest, on American soil, one of those CIA agents involved the rendition program? Would we tolerate it:
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 Supreme Court has sanctioned it.

The admission will alarm the British business community after the case of the so-called NatWest Three, bankers who were extradited to America on fraud charges. More than a dozen other British executives, including senior managers at British Airways and BAE Systems, are under investigation by U.S. authorities and could face criminal charges in America.

Until now it was commonly assumed that U.S. 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.

Legal experts confirmed this weekend that America viewed extradition as just one way of getting foreign suspects back to face trial. Rendition, or kidnapping, dates back to 19th-century bounty hunting and Washington believes it is still legitimate.

The US government’s view emerged during a hearing involving Stanley Tollman, a former director of Chelsea football club and a friend of Baroness Thatcher, and his wife Beatrice.

[...]During a hearing last month Lord Justice Moses, one of the Court of Appeal judges, asked Alun Jones, representing the U.S. government, about its treatment of Gavin, Tollman’s nephew. Gavin Tollman was the subject of an attempted abduction during a visit to Canada in 2005.

Jones replied that it was acceptable under American law to kidnap people if they were wanted for offences in America. “The United States does have a view about procuring people to its own shores which is not shared,” he said.

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