Thursday, December 29, 2005

UK government covers up torture with lies

The evidence is mounting that the UK government has little or no respect for human rights. The self-styled patrons of the rule of law are breaking the law as and when it suits them. Not too long ago the British and American governments tried to remain tight-lipped over allegations of CIA flights to carry so-called terror suspects to foreign destinations where they could be questioned under torture.

Now the Greek authorities are investigating complaints by a number of Pakistani men that they were abducted following the London bombs and subjected to torture. The Greek have openly called Jack Straw’s assurances that the British government was in no way involved a lie, and a Greek newspaper has published the name of Nicholas John Andrew Langman as the MI6 station master in Athens responsible for the operation. Only after these revelations is the parliamentary intelligence and security committee looking into the matter.

Langman had previously been outed as an MI6 officer by disgruntled agent Tomlinson as well as in connection with the “accidental” murder of Princess Diana, yet the British government seems to have imposed a gagging order on UK media, as whilst they report that he has been named in Greece, none of them give the name themselves.

Gagging orders are also being attempted to stop the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan from revealing about British collusion with torture. Telegrams that he had sent to the Foreign Office complain about British cooperation with Uzbek security services who were known for their human rights abuses. Then there is a copy of legal advice the Foreign Office sought to see if they were operating within the Law in accepting torture intelligence, and according to Michael Wood, their legal adviser; it is fine, as long as it is not used as evidence.

So whilst the government publicly says one thing, what goes on behind the scenes is quite different, and naturally they do not wish for those discrepancies to become general knowledge. It may, however, be too late for them, as the internet does not as readily accept censorship as the mainstream British media, and the documents have been widely circulated by Blairwatch.

We live at the edge of a police state, and had the Metropolitan police not made the blunder of Charles de Menezes’ assassination, they might have already succeeded in curbing the remainder of our freedoms. Since the illegal invasion of Iraq there have been so many unsavoury revelations that the government has completely lost its moral authority. Sadly, there is no viable force yet to replace them, but at least we can successfully resist their attempts to stop us from pointing the finger at their misdemeanours. Like with all police states, be they well established or in the fledgling state, mind control usually evades them.

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