(9 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
The following is just coming across the wires here. This is about an ongoing battle to get top secret records on the torture of prisoners at Gitmo and probably other secret jails that were used as we were grabbing so called terrorists all over and most not caught on some “in theater battle field”.
This is just on one British citizen who was Ethiopian born and grabbed in 2002 in Pakistan, not Afghanistan nor Iraq. And this is only seven short paragraphs on his, Binyam Mohamed’s, treatment while in U.S. custody and incommunicado with anyone thousands of miles from home and family.
Britain’s government on Wednesday disclosed once-secret information on the treatment of a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who says he was tortured in U.S. custody, losing an extended court battle to keep the material classified.
Judges rejected the government’s claim that revealing the information would damage U.S.-British intelligence cooperation.
The information disclosed consisted of a summary of U.S. intelligence information given to British spy agencies about former detainee Binyam Mohamed’s treatment during interrogations by the Americans in May 2002.
The paragraphs read in court disclosed that he was subjected to “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment” including sleep deprivation, shackling and threats resulting in mental stress and suffering.
Ethiopia-born Mohamed was arrested in Pakistan in 2002 and says he was tortured there and in Morocco before being flown to Guantanamo Bay. He was released without charge last year.
The seven paragraphs summarize a U.S. account of Mohamed’s treatment given to British intelligence before he was interviewed by a British MI5 agent in May 2002, the High Court disclosed last year.
Mohamed’s lawyers had long claimed the secret paragraphs prove he was mistreated and that the U.S. and British governments were complicit in his abuse. They have been fighting for access to the documents, along with The Associated Press and other news organizations. >>>>>
“The following seven paragraphs have been redacted, last on the list of released paragraphs:
x) The treatment reported, if had been administered on behalf of the United Kingdom, would clearly have been in breach of the undertakings given by the United Kingdom in 1972. Although it is not necessary for us to categorise the treatment reported, it could readily be contended to be at the very least cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by the United States authorities]” >>>>>
And one here lays blame on at least some of the many released have so called “returned to the battlefields”, they were never in a Battlefield to begin with! Some who were grabbed and held for years, then released, no proof to hold despite many probably being tortured like Binyam, from these occupation theaters had ne reason to be put through what they were and no proof to say they ever were criminal terrorists, as we waged terror on them, In Our Names!!
Court of appeal ruling compels British government to disclose what MI5 knew of refugee’s treatment in Guantánamo Bay
An MI5 officer known only as Witness B is being investigated by the Metropolitan police over his alleged role in questioning Mohamed incommunicado in a Pakistan jail.
The whole basis of Miliband’s case had “fallen away” because of the US court case, said Neuberger, who added: “It is a case which is now logically incoherent and therefore irrational and is not based on any convincing evidence.”
In his ruling , May said: “In principle a real risk of serious damage to national security, of whatever degree, should not automatically trump a public interest in open justice which may concern a degree of facilitation by UK officials of interrogation using unlawful techniques which may amount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.” >>>>>
When is this Country going to wake up and do what is necessary to force our government to seek what should be to retrieve our, the citizens of, once Good Name, Reputation and Real Moral Standing on this planet as a once Leader?
And another gets released, this in Iraq after being held for some seventeen months!
Reuters says an Iraqi freelance photographer who worked for the news agency has been released by the U.S. military after being held some 17 months in detention without charge.
Reuters says the U.S. freed Ibrahim Jassam on Wednesday. >>>>>