Until 2001 the only time this procedure was circumvented were when Nazi war criminals were kidnapped by agents of Israel.
Since 2001 the United States has claimed the right to kidnap people suspected of being terrorists. This did not unduly alarm people who did not think they were likely to be suspected of being war criminals or terrorists. But now the Bush Administration is telling the world that the United States claims the right to kidnap anyone anywhere.
AMERICA has told Britain that it can “kidnap” British citizens if they are wanted for crimes in the United States. A senior lawyer for the American government has told the Court of Appeal in London that kidnapping foreign citizens is permissible under American law because the US Supreme Court has sanctioned it.
The admission will alarm the British business community after the case of the so-called NatWest Three, bankers who were extradited toUntil now it was commonly assumed that
on fraud charges. More than a dozen other British executives, including senior managers at British Airways and BAE Systems, are under investigation by the America USauthorities and could face criminal charges in . America law permitted kidnapping only in the “extraordinary rendition” of terrorist suspects. US
The American government has for the first time made it clear in a British court that the law applies to anyone, British or otherwise, suspected of a crime by