February 3, 2009

IT ISN'T TORTURE IF YOUR ALLY DOES IT FOR YOU!:

Smith faces questions on MI5 torture collusion (Matthew Taylor, 2/04/09, The Guardian)

The allegations, first reported in the Guardian last year, relate to a number of suspects arrested in Pakistan at the request of British authorities between 2003 and 2007. The men say they were repeatedly tortured by agents of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI) before being questioned by MI5.

Yesterday members of the joint committee on human rights (JCHR) heard that British officials put pressure on the Pakistani authorities to get information and "knew very well" they were using torture during their investigations.

Ali Dayan Hasan, from Human Rights Watch, said: "Pakistani government officials and security officials in particular were very open about this. In many private conversations they have told me they were asked to do this by the UK - this is what they say, not once but repeatedly."


Kind of cheesy to make the third rate nation do your dirty work. If it's worth doing, do it yourselves.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at February 3, 2009 8:53 PM
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