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Torturous World Of American Torture

The people of Great Britain have witnessed their former prime minister, Tony Blair, defend his policies in Iraq and claim anyone challenging the validity of what he said was in league with those who spout conspiracy theories. For years, the British government has denied complicity with Americans in the torture of detained people. A court decision dealing with the arrest and imprisonment of British resident Binyam Mohamed who was arrested in Pakistan, asserts he not only was tortured in Pakistan, but the brutality continued when he got to Morocco. It is clear British agents knew about American torture methods and did nothing to prevent them being used against a British citizen.

The good news is that a spokesperson for Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “we stand firmly against torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.” Of course, the statement went on to assert, “we don’t condone, collude or solicit it.” Sorry, but the court document clearly reveals British agents DID know about torture being applied to one of their citizens.

The sad news is President Obama still refuses to allow an open inquiry into torture by Americans. We Americans need to know the truth because only then can we be free to practice democracy in this country.

The Silence Of Tony Blair About Torture!

The British Guardian newspaper has revealed former Prime Minister Tony Blair was aware the United States was engaged in the torture of prisoners but preferred the silence of the lamb than asserting his obligations to halt violations of international law. The policy option of Blair after 9/11 was to support his good buddy, George Bush, regardless of how it impacted his nation’s obligations under the Geneva Conventions and other international laws that forbid the torture of prisoners. British intelligence officers were given written instructions that they could not “be seen to condone” torture and they must not “engage in any activity yourself that involves inhumane or degrading treatment of prisoners.” However, they were also told they were not under any obligation to intervene to prevent detainees from being mistreated. “Given that they are not within our custody or control, the law does not require you to intervene to prevent this.”

However, this policy does not recognize a nation’s obligation to avoid complicity in torture which is a violation the UN convention against torture. The Guardian has repeatedly asked Blair if he knew about torture. His spokesman has told the newspaper that “it is completely untrue that Mr.Blair has ever authorized the use of torture” and he never knew it was being done. I guess one can believe such hogwash, this writer does not.