Jim Henley on the McCain Torture Act, just passed by the US Congress:
In many ways the military commissions bill is designed as a Get Out of Jail Free card as much as a plan for the future. Itís designed to indemnify government officials and employees against criminal prosecution in US courts for acts theyíve already committed, ordered or approved. And thatís all well and good for escaping prosecution in the US courts. But British officials have to answer to British and European Union law. The Hague is not going to care that the US Congress decided to arbitrarily define away much of settled international law on the treatment of prisoners. Iíve already suggested that this trap still waits [for] American officials once some foreign court wants to spring it, but for officials in other countries itís a more pressing worry.