I called it

Me, a month ago, when catching up with latest news:

The head of the IMF got arrested on sexual assault charges.  “Officers, what are you doing!  I have diplomati– oh, wait, no I don’t.  Shit…”

Latest revelation about that arrest:

Dominique Strauss-Kahn declared he had diplomatic immunity and complained that his handcuffs were too tight after he was taken into custody on allegations he tried to rape a Manhattan hotel maid, court documents filed Thursday show. […]

A redacted timeline of events showed that when police removed Strauss-Kahn from an Air France flight to Paris just minutes before it was due to depart he asked them, “What is this about?”

When told detectives wanted to talk to him about “an incident in the city at a hotel,” Strauss-Kahn was silent and then about 15 minutes later said, “I have diplomatic immunity” and asked to speak with someone from the French Consulate.

He in fact does not have full diplomatic immunity, only immunity limited to acts performed in his “official” duties with the IMF.  (insert joke about those duties here)

Why the hell does diplomatic immunity exist, anyway?  As if yet another distinction between the plebes and the rulers needed to be made, especially a “legal” one effectively codifying getting away with whatever.


About b-psycho

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3 Responses to I called it

  1. Todd S. says:

    I think the theory is that they would be too afraid to take questionable (but necessary) actions if they had to fear prosecution. Similar to the reasons you can’t videotape cops.

  2. B Psycho says:

    Of course that leaves hanging by what criteria it’s deemed “necessary”.

  3. Todd S. says:

    “Necessary” is whatever they’re told to do by their masters.

    On a side note, I had to stop and think how to do math before posting this.

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