In Taiwan, little is left to the imagination:
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Frank Browning in Dissent:
What my French friends also seem not to notice is how the European Court of Human Rights, and even France’s Constitutional Council, have denounced France’s own version of pretrial holding procedure: the so-called garde à vue jails. As an example, one friend, himself a high civil servant, found himself thrown into a garde à vue tank, stripped naked, and held for forty-eight hours without access to a lawyer on the strength of a letter of denunciation for personal verbal harassment. The French police say access to a lawyer “would hinder the search for the truth.”
Here. I participated in a similar discussion on WGBH radio yesterday. And I will be on WGBH TV's "Beat the Press" on Friday night. The crew arrives here in a couple of minutes for taping.
In The New Republic (may be behind paywall). He is critical of BHL (but who cares what he says?), Jean Daniel (who is usually worthy of respect), and Robert Badinter (a jurist honored and appreciated in America) for their criticism of the American judicial system, which they manifestly do not understand, and for the implicit suggestion in all of their pieces that DSK deserves special treatment no matter what he may have done, since he is not a defendant like any other. With sadness I must tell my French friends that this kind of argument is repugnant to American ears. We have our flaws (many flaws), but when it comes to criminal charges, the idea that a person's status in the world or past achievements require that he be accorded special privileges is just simply shocking. Jean Daniel concludes that France and America belong to "different civilizations." He may be right, but in my eyes, the difference does not work to France's advantage. And please remember, in the United States I am seen as a fanatical defender of France, practically un-American in my willingness to defend France's right and duty to put her own interests first. So, if you've lost me, France, you've lost nearly all of my compatriots. Sort of like when Lyndon Johnson lost Walter Cronkite and realized he had lost America (toutes proportions gardées). (h/t MT)
On Lagarde, here. I'd still rather have Stanley Fischer. And isn't the IMF concerned that Lagarde is embroiled in a scandal of her own, involving Bernard Tapie, which could prove very embarrassing now that it's in the hands of the courts?