Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Obama Administration suppresses torture claim?

The Graun and the Times carry this story - so it must be true. According to the Times:
"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.

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."
The Guardian reports:
"[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 judges said they had been taken aback by the severity of the threat made by the US government."
The article goes on to repeat the point made above - that the threat remains in place under the Obama Administration.

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.

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