Bush threatened British Gov. over torture memos

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  1. Bob26003

    Bob26003 Well-Known Member

    How Bush Threatened Britain

    By Andrew Sullivan

    February 07, 2009 "The Atlantic" -- - In order to prevent any details of its torture record being publicly disseminated, the Bush administration threatened the British government with withdrawal of intelligence sharing if they allowed a court to publish the redacted evidence. Foreign secretary David Miliband denied this on Wednesday, but the letters from the US have been released by Channel 4 News. And their message is unmistakable. The first letter:

    "I write with respect to proceedings … regarding Mr Binyam Mohamed," the letter said. "We note the classified documents identified in your letters of June 16 and August 1, 2008, to the acting general counsel of the Department of Defence … the public disclosure of these documents or of the information contained therein is likely to result in serious damage to US national security and could harm … intelligence information sharing arrangements between our two governments."

    The second:

    "Ordering the disclosure of the US intelligence information now would have only the marginal effects of serious and lasting damage to the US-UK intelligence sharing relationship, and thus the national security of the UK …"

    That is a threat to hurt the security of a very close ally unless the British government intervenes into a court process to suppress evidence of US torture. In a critical test of the Obama administration, the demand that such evidence be suppressed was reiterated. (I don't know by whom. Panetta isn't in place yet. Brennan? Clinton?) And that's how illegal torture spreads throughout a legal and military system to undermine alliances as well as the rule of law. The poison of Cheney is still in the system. And it will be for a long time. That was the point: the crimes and blunders they committed were such that their successors find themselves, willy nilly, implicated in them.
  2. Bob26003

    Bob26003 Well-Known Member

    "Yes I am emotional about torture SIR!"

    Shami Chakrabarti SAVAGES UK Minister Geoff "Buff" Hoon

    2 Minute Video

    "Buff" Hoon over the US attempts to BLACKMAIL Britain into silence over evidence of Torture.

    Posted February 07, 2009

    Binyam Mohamed, a British resident held at the American base, has launched a legal challenge in the High Court in London for documents detailing his treatment to be made public.

    However, two judges ruling on the case said that David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, had advised that releasing the documents could lead to America withdrawing intelligence co-operation.

    This, it was warned, could lead to Britons facing a very considerable increase in the dangers they face from terrorism.

    The judges reveal that the secret documents at the centre of the case give rise to an arguable case of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. It is also disclosed that a British intelligence official may have been present when Mr Mohamed alleges he was tortured. The judgement raises the prospect of criminal charges being brought against British officials.

    LINK with video..........

  3. Issaccs

    Issaccs Well-Known Member

    He is my local MP

    A fucking idiot, fat, aging prick in the labour party who doesn't know the meaning of the word.
    Buff my ass.
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