UN Rep: Romney win would mean 'a democratic mandate for torture'

First of all, nobody asked him. Secondly, nobody asked the UN. Finally, what in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is he talking about? The possibility that Mitt Romney will be elected president of the United States next month has raised the "alarming" prospect of an unprecedented public endorsement of torture, a prominent international expert said Friday. Speaking out on the issue for the first time, Ben Emmerson, UN special rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights, took fierce aim at the Republican candidate's refusal to condemn waterboarding. "There is no doubt that the Romney administration would be able to claim - in the event of a Romney presidency - a democratic mandate for torture," Emmerson told The Canadian Press. "That would put Romney as the first world leader in history to be able to claim a democratic mandate for torture." Emmerson said he planned to raise his concerns in an address to the UN General Assembly later this month. In the security panic that...(Read Full Post)