Britain, Blair partner in CIA ‘rendition’ torture flights

Torture and Condoleezza Rice: cartoon

From London daily The Morning Star:

Blair guilt confirmed

(Thursday 08 June 2006)

WHEN first taxed about CIA so-called “rendition flightsto and from Britain, Tony Blair and since ousted foreign secretary Jack Straw pleaded ignorance.

It was clear then, and is even clearer now, that, according to even the most charitable interpretation, their ignorance was carefully contrived on the basis of not asking questions because they suspected what the answers were.

Given the close master-servant relationship that exists between Downing Street and the White House, it is probably safe to assume that Mr Blair was fully up to speed over the CIA kidnapping and torture programme.

Seeing the government’s cavalier disregard for long-cherished human rights in this country, imagining a similar contempt for the rights of people designated as terrorists by Washington is not difficult.

The Prime Minister remains as brazen as ever in his refusal to be bound by domestic or international law, as he showed in his dismissal of Menzies Campbell‘s questions in Parliament.

On the Dick Marty report: here.

Actions in Britain against torture flights: here.

Ireland and torture flights: here.

Other side of Blair and planes: Tony is accused of using flights on British Airways to excess.

17 thoughts on “Britain, Blair partner in CIA ‘rendition’ torture flights

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    directive that defends force-feeding hunger strikers and permits a psychologist
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    Military Alters the Makeup of Interrogation Advisers 07 Jun 2006 Pentagon
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    psychiatrists, to help interrogators devise strategies to get information from
    detainees at places like Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The new policy follows by little
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    discouraging its members from participating in those efforts.

    The Case of the Missing $21 Billion –Who’s Following the Iraq Money? By Dave
    Lindorff 07 Jun 2006 “…[M]ore than $9 billion that has gone missing without a
    trace in Iraq–as well as $12 billion in cash that the Pentagon flew into Iraq
    straight from Federal Reserve vaults via military transports, and for which
    there has been little or no accounting… What the president [Dictator Bush] did
    was write a so-called ‘signing statement’ on the side (unpublicized of course),
    saying that the new inspector general would have no authority to investigate any
    contracts or corruption issues involving the Pentagon.”

    US troops accused of new murders in Iraq 06 Jun 2006 US troops faced fresh
    accusations of unlawful killings of civilians in Iraq as Prime Minister Nuri
    al-Maliki ordered the release of 2,500 detainees in a gesture to promote
    national reconciliation. The Iraqi Islamic Party accused American forces of
    murdering more than two dozen Iraqis in a series of incidents across the country
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