In April 2006, Prof. Martin Scheinin gave a public lecture on the topic “Human rights in the fight against terrorism” at the University of Pretoria is South Africa.
Martin Scheinin, a Finnish professor of international law, holds the cumbersome title of "Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism" of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights. From May 16-25, he visited the United States to "undertake a fact-finding exercise, and a legal assessment of United States law and practice in the fight against terrorism, measured against international law."
On May 29, he issued some preliminary findings. I haven't seen much of anything on the progressive blogs about his report, so I am going to quote extensively here. We need to know how we look to the rest of the world.
Scheinin tries to reassure that he is not hostile to legitimate U.S. concerns.
But he finds many areas of concern.
This isn't all. He also looks at the threat to the very principle of the rule of law implicit in claims by the executive to a right to circumvent statutory limits, as for example by warrantless wiretapping in possible violation of the F.I.S.A. act.
It's not a pretty picture.
Hat tip to the European site Madrid11 for pointing me to this report.