US torture on British Diego Garcia island

This video from Britain says about itself:

This video contains clips highlighting the denials made by the British Government concerning the use of UK territory in CIA rendition “torture” flights.

From icNorthants in Britain:

Miliband ‘duped by US’ on rendition

14:05, Aug 1 2008

David Miliband is facing fresh claims that the US imprisoned terror suspects on British territory.

Campaigners said the Foreign Secretary allowed himself to be “duped by the US on a colossal scale” following new claims of interrogation on Diego Garcia, a UK-controlled island in the Indian Ocean.

A former senior American official told Time magazine that in 2002 and possibly 2003, the US imprisoned and interrogated at least one terrorist suspect on the island.

Mr Miliband has repeatedly denied claims the US has detained terror suspects on British territory.

But the anonymous source, described as a frequent participant in White House Situation Room meetings, told Time a CIA counter-terrorism official twice said “high-value prisoners” had been held and questioned on the island.

The official also claimed the US may have kept prisoners on ships within Diego Garcia‘s territorial waters.

Legal action charity Reprieve said the source proved British territory had been used for “kidnapping, extraordinary rendition, illegal imprisonment and possibly torture”.

In February, the US administration admitted that, contrary to previous assurances, two CIA “rendition” flights carrying terrorist suspects seized abroad had landed on Diego Garcia in 2002.

Last month Mr Miliband said the US had pledged no further US intelligence flights had since landed on British territory.

For the tortured prisoners, it is to be feared that Mr Miliband is far too busy trying to topple Gordon Brown as “new” Labour leader and Prime Minister to do anything positive for them. By the way, polls say that, if Miliband would succeed, he would be an even more unpopular Prime Minister than Brown. Meaning, probably, that in a general election under Miliband, Labour would get even less than the twenty seats predicted based on by-election votes under Brown.

There are even some “new” Labourites who want Tony Blair back … Yeah. Right. There are some neo nazis in Germany who would like the old burnt bones of Adolf Hitler back.

Talking about those nazis, their British sister party, the BNP, just won more votes than Thatcherite-Blairite-Brownite-Milibandite “new” Labour in the latest by-election. From the Market Rasen Mail in Britain:

In fourth place was the British National Party’s Rob West, from Holbeach, whose 219 votes knocked Labour’s Michael Preen into fifth place (75 votes)

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  1. Reed’s Rejali wins 2007 Human Rights Book Award for Torture and Democracy

    Press Release issued by Reed College

    Darius RejaliPORTLAND, OR (July 7, 2008) — Reed College professor of political science Darius Rejali will soon add the 2007 Human Rights Book Award to his list of accolades for Torture and Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2007). The human rights section of the American Political Science Association unanimously chose Torture and Democracy for this year’s honor. The award is decided on the merits of the book’s scholarship and for its capacity to influence policy or bring about change in human rights conventions. Rejali will receive the award at the association’s four-day meeting, which begins August 28 in Boston, MA.

    Torture and Democracy
    Author: Darius Rejali
    Hardcover: 880 pages
    Publisher: Princeton University Press (2007)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0691114226
    ISBN-13: 978-0691114224
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    Torture and Democracy is an unrelenting examination of the use of torture by democracies in the 20th century. As democracy, human rights, and the free press blossomed after World War II, so did the market for “clean” torture techniques that leave no evidentiary scars, such as the use of drugs, stress positions, and waterboarding. Rejali reveals the most controversial Western intelligence-gathering techniques, explains their origins, and questions if their use actually hinders the torturer’s ability to gather credible intelligence.

    Torture and Democracy has placed Rejali in the international media spotlight, positioning him among the world’s preeminent scholars on torture. He has been interviewed so often, in the wake of the Abu Ghraib scandal, that a Google search of his name returns over 20,000 results from news sources that range from Democracy Now! to Al Jazeera and from the BBC to the Washington Post.

    The American Political Science Association, founded in 1903, is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries.

    The following is the APSA nominating citation for Torture and Democracy:

    Darius Rejali’s book constitutes an impressive contribution to the study of modern torture. Rejali surveys the evolution of torture techniques from the late nineteenth century to the aftermath of Abu Ghraib and makes a series of important claims concerning the appearance of what he calls “clean techniques” in the main democracies. While dictatorships and authoritarian regimes may have tortured more, and more indiscriminately, it is the police and the military in the main democratic states who were leaders in adapting and innovating clean methods of torture; methods which after World War II spread all over the world.

    Rejali proposes three models of torture in democracies: the national security model, the juridical model and the civic discipline model. These models correspond to the three main purposes of government torture: to intimidate, to coerce false confessions and to gather accurate security information. In two of the most fascinating chapters of this book the author addresses the critical question of whether torture really works and takes on the new apologists, convincingly challenging their arguments point by point; these chapters are immensely relevant to the prevailing torture practices in the post-9/11 era. This major study could not come at a more appropriate time and will definitely shape our debates on torture for years to come.

    In recognition of this achievement, the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association is both pleased and honored to select Torture and Democracy as the Best Book in Human Rights for 2007.

    Reed College

    Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes Scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915). For more information, visit


  2. Secret CIA prison on Diego Garcia confirmed

    By Andy Worthington

    August 2008 — The existence of a secret, CIA-run prison on the island
    of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean has long been a leaky secret in the
    “War on Terror” and recent revelations in TIME — based on disclosures
    by a “senior American official” (now retired), who was “a frequent
    participant in White House Situation Room meetings” after the 9/11
    attacks, and who reported that “a CIA counter-terrorism official twice
    said that a high-value prisoner or prisoners were being interrogated on
    the island” — will come as no surprise to those who have been studying
    the story closely.


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