August 2, 2005


Britain asks US to interrogate detainees (Sunday Time SA, August 02, 2005)

Britain has asked the CIA to interrogate terror suspects held in secret detention centres to help hunt down the masterminds behind the London bombings, The Times newspaper reported.

British security forces think many of the "ghost prisoners" held by the US Central Intelligence Agency "may have crucial information about the events in London," it said.

Some of the top figures in Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network are being grilled on US warships or in underground gaols, out of reach from US or international law.

A top target is al-Qaeda commander Abu Faraj al-Liby, who has not been seen since Pakistani authorities handed him over to the United States in May 2004.

"We obviously need to know what threat remains and we are asking all our international allies for help, even if the standards of their interrogation methods are not as scrupulous as our own," a senior officer close to the London investigation told The Times.

Suddenly those delicate British civil rights sensibilities aren't quite so tender.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 2, 2005 12:56 PM

If we act like the terrorist, then they will have won...but first let's kill them.

Posted by: h-man at August 2, 2005 2:27 PM

I have little doubt that some suitably insulated Law Lord will throw out any conviction of any terrorist which involved this 'tainted' evidence. After all, for a peruqued British twit, what is more important, the lives of his fellow Britons or the civil rights of a remorseless murderer?

Posted by: bart at August 2, 2005 4:18 PM

I say, sirs, this is mightily risible. Those Yanks know how to get them to talk, They'll put . . .panties on their heads!

Posted by: Lou Gots at August 2, 2005 11:30 PM

Even if we acted like terrorists, they wouldn't win, since the motivations and repercussions would be different.

Apparently jihadists aren't students of history; looking at the Allied air campaigns of WW II, or the North Vietnamese losses during the U.S. involvement in that war, one would think that trying to spark a final confrontation with the West isn't super-smart.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at August 3, 2005 1:14 AM