True scale of UK role in torture and rendition after 9/11 revealed

Two damning reports reveal British intelligence’s treatment of terrorism suspects

Jack Straw, the foreign secretary from 2001-06, will face questions over how much he knew. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

British intelligence agencies were involved in the torture and kidnap of terrorism suspects after 9/11, according to two reports by the parliamentary intelligence and security committee.

The reports published on Thursday amount to one of the most damning indictments of UK intelligence, revealing links to torture and rendition were much more widespread than previously reported.

While there was no evidence of officers directly carrying out physical mistreatment of detainees, the reports say the overseas agency MI6 and the domestic service MI5 were involved in hundreds of torture cases and scores of rendition cases.

The committee says the agencies were aware “at an early point” of the mistreatment of detainees by the US and others. There were two cases in which UK personnel were “party to mistreatment administered by others”. One has been investigated by the Metropolitan police but the other is still to be fully investigated.

Jack Straw, the foreign secretary from 2001-06, will face questions over how much he knew and, given that accusations of torture and rendition were widespread at the time in the press, why he did not ask for a briefing.

A key passage in the report says MI6 “sought and obtained authorisation from the foreign secretary” for the costs of funding a plane involved in an individual rendition case.

Read more at UK Guardian


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  1. Of course when those at the top are a president and a vice president or a four star general, they are , as usual, immune from punishment by anyone. How about all the Israelis too?
    • “Larry Silverstein – is a Jewish American businessman from New York. Silverstein obtained a 99 year lease on the entire world trade center complex on 24 July, 2001. [3] The towers were in fact close to worthless, being filled with asbestos, [4] yet Silverstein “felt a compelling urge to own them”. Silverstein had breakfast in “Windows on the World” restaurant (located in North Tower 107th Floor) every morning. [5] but broke this routine on the morning of 11 September 2001. Silverstein’s two children, who also worked in the WTC, were also absent from work that day. Larry Silverstein was paid a little over $4.5 Billion in insurance money as a result of the destruction of the WTC complex. [6] Silverstein was on personal friendship terms with Zionist media-magnate Rupert Murdoch, former Israeli president Ariel Sharon, as well as Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Silverstein was such good friends with Netanyahu that, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz he would speak with him on the phone every sunday. [7]
    • Video – Where was Larry Silverstein on 9/11?”

    • From an intelligence perspective , if we delay viewing Israeli and British efforts as separate, we draw the knife across our own throats. The ruling family, has generational assets older than our country.

  2. The old, “yea we knew about it, and maybe kinda helped a little, inadvertently”
    Classic government speak, translated ” We actively participated in torture and rendition and even financed it with full complicity”.
    Folks that might not be familiar, need to know, that when commanders or politicians allow this stuff, both sides know, and it makes an ugly scene even uglier, as the treatment of our own, is where the retribution takes place. Meanwhile the generals and dignitaries , sip wine and eat steak, far away. Backlash is known, and assured. They know it when they give the order. It is tantamount to torturing your own people.

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