Saturday, April 28, 2007

On April 28, ...

...2004, during oral argument in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, 1 of 3 cases pertaining to the U.S. executive's post-September 11 detention policies, U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens asked Deputy Solicitor General Paul D. Clement, "But do you think there is anything in the law that curtails the method of interrogation that may be employed?" "I think that the United States is signatory to conventions that prohibit torture and that sort of thing," Clement told Stevens, who, as a pro bono lawyer, once had won a coerced-confession case. "And the United States is going to honor its treaty obligations." Hours later, viewers of "60 Minutes II" were confronted with photos of abuse of detainees at the hands of U.S. military personnel -- the beginning of the Abu Ghraib scandal.
...1945, Italian partisans killed deposed fascist leader Benito Mussolini and associates, among them his mistress, Clara Petacci.

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