Ironically, the Barack Obama administration is being accused by British MPs and human rights groups of using the same tactics as did George Bush on cases involving the use of torture on prisoners. Secret CIA documents held by the Foreign Office detail the interrogation and treatment of Binyam Mohamed, a British resident still held at Guantanamo prison. His lawyers asked the courts to release information about the interrogation and were told it would risk Britain’s national security after the United States threatened to stop its agents from working with British agents. Foreign Secretary David Miliband said the United States had made clear there would be threats to national security if the information was revealed.
The Obama(or is is Bush) White House defended the High Court’s ruling saying: “The US thanks the UK government for its continued commitment to protect national security information.” Hogwash. We elected Barack Obama in order to end the farce about always citing “national security” to protect torture. How does information concerning the abuse of prisoners link to “national security?” Shame on Obama.