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By: Editor | April 29, 2015

Justice Scalia is getting torture law all wrong.



Last week, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made some troubling comments about torture in an interview with Swiss radio . Scalia challenged the idea of an absolute prohibition of torture — in other words, the principle that torture is rejected in all circumstances. He specifically argued that torture can be justified in an emergency situation, citing the   ticking bomb scenario associated with TV shows like "24".

As Scalia   put it : “It’s very facile for people to say, ‘Oh, torture is terrible.’ You posit the situation where a person that you know for sure knows the location of a nuclear bomb that has been planted in Los Angeles and will kill milli...