"The United States government has threatened to withhold intelligence cooperation with the UK if evidence of the alleged torture of a ‘terrorist’ detainee at Guantanamo Bay is made public.The Guardian reports:
Details of how a British resident held in the detention camp was allegedly tortured and what UK intelligence knew about it must remain secret because of the US threats, the High Court ruled today.
Lord Justice Thomas and Mr Justice Lloyd Jones said lawyers for the Foreign Secretary had told them that the threat by the United States still applied under President Barack Obama's Administration."
"[W]e did not consider that a democracy governed by the rule of law would expect a court in another democracy to suppress a summary of the evidence contained in reports by its own officials ... relevant to allegations of torture and cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment, politically embarrassing though it might be," they said.The article goes on to repeat the point made above - that the threat remains in place under the Obama Administration.
The judges said they had been taken aback by the severity of the threat made by the US government."
Might not be true but assuming it is: d'ya think y'all could stop with the Obama-worship now? Cos it showed a leaning towards the Great Man theory of history, which is bollocks. Plus all this idolatry was giving me the creeps, frankly.