The UN Special Rapporteur Martin Scheinin said the US was only able to create its system for moving terror suspects around foreign jails because of the co-operation of allies, naming the UK alongside Pakistan, Indonesia, Kenya, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Canada and Georgia.
The report led to a clamour of calls for a full and independent investigation into the Government's involvement in the detention and movement of suspects since the start of the "war on terror" eight years ago.Mr Scheinin's findings follow accusations made by British resident Binyam Mohamed, who claims to have evidence of MI5 telegrams sent to the CIA, which he says were used to direct his alleged torture during his 18-month detention in Morocco, before he was sent to the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay. Some individuals faced "prolonged and secret detention" and practices which breached bans on torture and other forms of ill treatment, the report says.
"Evidence proves that Australian, British and US intelligence personnel have themselves interviewed detainees who were held incommunicado by the Pakistani secret intelligence service ... where they were being tortured," the report concludes. "UK intelligence personnel, for instance, conducted or witnessed just over 2,000 interviews in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and Iraq."
Mr Scheinin says countries are "responsible" if they help other states carry out human rights violations. (1)
This is where Britian's unthinking willingness to do whatever the Bush administration demanded of it has left the country.
Warnings of where this dumb obedience would lead were issued every step of the way, but they were ignored. Those giving the warnings were called cowards, traitors, unpatriotic, useful idiots, appeasers and terrorist sympathizers.
1 - 'UN condemns Britain's role in torture cases,' by Robert Verkaik, published in The Independent, 10th of March, 2009. (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/un-condemns-britains-role--in-torture-cases-1641147.html)
2 - 'Senate report links Bush to detainee homicides; media yawns,' by Glenn Greenwald, published in Saloon, 15th of December, 2008. (http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/12/15/rumsfeld/)
3 - 'CIA's Harsh Interrogation Techniques Described,' by Brian Ross and Richard Esposito, published by ABC News, 18th of November, 2005. (http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/Investigation/story?id=1322866). Second link is to 'Waiting for the Guards,' a short film made as part of Amnesty International's 'Unsubscribe Me' campaign, showing a real (i.e. unfaked, real pain) recreation of an actor holding a stress position. Linked 13th February, 2009. (http://www.unsubscribe-me.org/waitingfortheguards.php?)Third link relates to Binyam Mohamed, described previously on lefthandpalm: http://lefthandpalm.blogspot.com/2008/08/this-is-why-we-are-hated-and-this-is.html
4 - 'The Other Prisoners,' by Luke Harding, published in The Guardian, 20th of May, 2004. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2004/may/20/iraq.gender)