Friday, January 20, 2006

extraordinary deceptions

Sir Menzies Campbell has written to the Prime Minister about the practice of extraordinary rendition.
Sir Menzies Campbell MP, Liberal Democrat Acting Leader, has today written to the Prime Minister calling on him to make a statement to the House of Commons clarifying what the Government knew about the CIA's extraordinary rendition operations.

Sir Menzies' letter follows reports of a leaked memo from the Foreign Office which advises the Prime Minister to 'avoid being drawn on the detail' on the issue, and reveals UK suspicions of US involvement in cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
It now appears that it was not true that the UK had not received any requests for terrorist suspects to be transferred to other countries via Britain - in fact they had, and it is quite likely that they were being transferred to locations where they could be subjected to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment. Not legally defined as torture, perhaps, but stuff that would certainly count as torture in most people's view.

1 comment:

Joe said...

This whole thing kind of reminds me of "Yes, Minister" where Hacker finds out bribes and inducements are normally handed out to secure contracts in the oil rich sheikdom of Quumram. "Are you telling me bribery is standard British government policy, Humphrey?" asks an outraged Hacker. "Oh no, Minister," explains Sir Humphrey in a palcating manner, "never Government policy; only Government practise."