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Antonin Scalia: Torture’s Not Torture Unless He Says It Is


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Antonin Scalia: Torture’s Not Torture Unless He Says It Is

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Perhaps, as Justice Scalia told a Swiss university audience earlier this month, it is indeed “very facile” for Americans to declare that “torture is terrible.” The justice posited to his listeners a classic ticking-time-bomb scenario—this one involving “a person that you know for sure knows the location of a nuclear bomb that has been planted in Los Angeles and will kill millions of people”—and asked, “You think it’s clear that you cannot use extreme measures to get that information out of that pe