The problem with holding a “council of war”, as David Cameron did yesterday with Theresa May, Chris Grayling and Dominic Grieve, is that the Abu Qatada case has not been solved for 11 years and won’t be for a while yet. The Prime Minister looks as if he is “gripping it” – by having a meeting [...]
Three elderly Kenyan citizens, after several hard years of campaigning, are finally being seen by a judge in a British court over allegations that they were tortured by the UK over 60 years ago, in a truly shameful episode from this country’s late imperial history.
The enduring fact of the failure of peace in the so-called Holy Land is a royal spring of misery from which bitter tensions flow, with mournful consequences for the entire restive middle-east region, already strained by wars and rumours of wars.
I know little about the Belhaj case, in which one of the leaders of post-Gaddafi Libya claims that British spies helped the Americans kidnap him in Thailand and ship him to Gaddafi’s Libya, where he says he was tortured.
But knowing little about it fails to discourage the Blair-haters from assembling their favourite big words: complicity, [...]
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is commonly associated with soldiers traumatised by war, but civilians also live with this harrowing mental condition.
Torture Binyam Kenneth Clarke lawyer collusion moral high ground Guantanamo false flag extraordinary rendition British resident complicit all Tony Blair’s fault (contd p.94).
We can guess what will be in tomorrow’s Daily Mail, which “has a healthy scepticism of conspiracy theories“, or in tomorrow’s Peter Oborne column in The Daily Telegraph, as the great British press reports Clarke’s announcement that he is [...]
I like to think that I can spot a Media Lens shill from two feet away from a computer screen. But Ellie Keen got past the defences and it was not until her third email that I detected the distinctive edge of hard-left psycho-ideology.
For those of you who are not familiar with this cult of admirers of [...]
MI6 didn’t torture Binyam Mohamed but they did, allegedly, feed questions to his torturers. Sir John Sawers says MI6 will do nothing that “will lead to torture taking place”. But that does not preclude extracting information if the abuse was going to happen anyway.
We have an interview with Peter Goldsmith, who was Attorney General 2001-07, in The Independent on Sunday.
I think it is an interesting and important interview, primarily about the inquiry, which David Cameron announced last week, into allegations that the Government in which Goldsmith served, and to which he was the chief legal adviser, was complicit [...]
Today’s Daily Mail recycles The Guardian’s latest hard-to-follow reports of British “complicity” – a favourite word with Blair haters of right and left. The leftie moral posturing of the Mail on the issue of torture is hard to understand except in the context of Paul Dacre’s hatred of New Labour, which happily coincides with the [...]
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