Saturday, July 09, 2011

It May Be the End of Humberto Leal

But apparently it isn’t the end of the story.

The U.S. government is working to limit the diplomatic fallout after Texas executed a Mexican national over Washington's objections that it violated U.S. treaty obligations and put U.S. citizens abroad at risk.

  Raw Story

Oh boy. Not that we care or anything. Were you traveling overseas shortly after 9/11? I made the mistake of going to Venezuela. Either American passengers were all getting the sixth degree treatment in retaliation to the American authorities’ treatment of incoming foreigners, or I just look like a criminal.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was "quite disappointed" on Thursday after Texas went ahead with the execution by injection of Humberto Leal Garcia, convicted of murdering a 16-year-old girl, despite pleas from the federal government for a last-minute stay, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

She also sagely noted, "Texas justice is Texas justice."

Not that Texas cares how Hillary Clinton feels about what we do or anything.

Nuland said the Obama administration would work with Congress to speed passage of legislation that would spell out the rights of foreigners to consular access.

The top U.N. official for human rights, Navi Pillay, issued a statement on Friday saying Leal Garcia's execution "places the U.S. in breach of international law."

Not that the US cares what Navi Pillay thinks or anything – or international law, for that matter.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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