A damning report issued by the House of Commons’ Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) finds the UK government and intelligence services guilty of knowing collusion in the rendition and torture of prisoners by the US.
The ISC reports:
- 198 cases of UK intelligence personnel using information they knew – or had no excuse for not knowing – had been obtained via torture
- 232 instances of UK personnel continuing to supply questions or assistance to allies whom they knew or suspected to be mistreating prisoners to obtain information
- 128 examples of UK intelligence officers being told by foreign intelligence personnel about mistreatment of detainees
- 25 incidents of detainees themselves reporting mistreatment to UK officers, often without any investigation of the claims
- 13 cases of UK security personnel personally witnessing abuse or torture
Many of these incidents took place under the Blair and Brown governments. But human rights lawyer Shami Chakrabarti and Reprieve director Bella Sankey told the BBC this morning that the situation still continues:
The ISC report describes the collusion and failure to act of the UK government and intelligence services ‘inexcusable’, while Sankey and Chakrabarti went so far as to call it ‘horrific’ and ‘appalling’.
It is all of these things – and during eight years of Tory government, Cameron and May appear to have done absolutely nothing to end the unforgivable collaboration our government in the unforgivably inhumane treatment of detainees.
Labour is under new management and any previous Labour Prime Minister found to have co-operated in torture should answer for their actions at The Hague.
But the Conservatives are in government now and in full ‘business as usual’ mode. Theresa May and her ministers have serious questions to answer.
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