“The United States does not torture”

Well, hardly ever.

What, never?

No, never!

What, never?

Well … hardly ever.

Susan J. Crawford, a Reagan Administration veteran (General Counsel to the Army) who then went on to serve as the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and whom the Bush Administration put in charge of the military commissions, seems to have joined “the left wing of the Democratic Party” (per Dick Cheney). Let’s make her welcome.

Dahlia Lithwick and Philippe Sands point out that under the Torture Convention, every state has a treaty obligation to criminalize torture, and to prosecute torturers itself or extradite them for prosecution elsewhere.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com