Top court's Scalia defends physical interrogation
So, I stumbled upon this article
(German), and looked it up on Reuters
My two cents:
I believe whether the state endorses something officially, or whether one state official does something that is technically against the law are two entirely different stories. This judge seems to have this Jack Bauer approach to law enforcement. There is a reason why torture and death penalty are considered uncivilized in Europe. European history shows that giving the state that kind of power is not a good idea. You might discuss whether an individual situation might justify torture, but again, that's an entirely different story to passing a law stating that it's fine.