There’s a bomb going off in an hour—Jack Bauer
Must find and disarm it, before we all die
And just ere the clock reaches zero, our hero
Comes through, thanks to torture! And so goes the lie.
In truth, this scenario never—not ever—
Describes what we do, or describes what we find!
The truth stands in stark contradiction to fiction
Excepting, of course, in Scalia’s cold mind.
For Justice Scalia (both ruthless and truthless)
His fictional ends more than justify means
And though they hurt innocent victims, his dictums
Are needed (according to 24’s scenes)
Since torture yields sound information, salvation
Can come in the form of the cruelest of cruel
So… let his detractors spout argle and bargle…
If Jack wants to torture, Scalia is cool.
For some reason, Scalia is all over the news these days, both with new stories and old. Today’s verse is inspired by a slightly older piece, an examination of his defense of torture. In a nutshell, the constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, so if someone were tried, convicted, and sentenced to torture that would be unconstitutional. But if it is not used as punishment–that is, if we are torturing someone before they have been tried and convicted, Scalia says the constitution is mum on that.
Because Jack Bauer.
No, seriously, Scalia’s view of torture was informed not by what actually happens in the real world, but by what happens on TV.
But hey, I am also reading things that say Scalia was on the side of good when it came to 4th and 6th amendment cases, and that he was thus not entirely evil. The scary thing is, that means that the guy who defended torture has left at least a couple of people on the bench who are worse than he is.
Predictably, the GOP is already gearing up to prevent the president from doing his job (would that be “again”, or “still”?), despite a full year left in office. Such interference would be unprecedented, though not in the least unpredictable.
What I am wondering, though, is how the Democrats will still manage to self-destruct over this. But I have the sinking feeling that they will.