At the beginning of the twentieth century there was extensive discussion and moves to mitigate the brutality of war. At the beginning of the twenty first century,so called leaders of democratic nations in the United States and Great Britain sanctioned torture in the name of “security.” The British government is now considering whether or not there is need for new guidelines in dealing with interrogation of prisoners and the manner in which any prisoner is kept. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he was against torture “absolutely,” but apparently he was part of a government that allowed torture. He is now requesting British Intelligence agencies to develop new guidelines for dealing with treatment of prisoners. His comments came after the intelligence and security committee (ISC) has begun to explore the treatment of Binyam Mohamed, a British citizen, who was sent to be tortured in Pakistan.
British officials are now arguing they had to go along with the lower standards of the Bush administration and that’s how they wound up allowing people to be tortured. Of course, the United Kingdom is an independent nation and it could, at any time, have told Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld to go to hell.