America says it has right to kidnap British citizens

Forgot about this story from earlier this month:

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.

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 the US authorities and could face criminal charges in America.

Until now it was commonly assumed that US law permitted kidnapping only in the “extraordinary rendition” of terrorist suspects.

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1 Response to “America says it has right to kidnap British citizens”


  1. 1 Mr. Cheeseburger 9000 December 25, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    The assumption was that US law supposedly permitted kidnapping only in the extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects. Of course, you can always count on government to use the inch that the Supreme Court has given to take a mile. Take the logic of extraordinary rendition to its logical end and this is what you get: the obvious subjugation of the rule of law.

    Someone should remind the administration that there is such thing as EXTRADITION.


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