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.