From the New Statesman in Britain:
Police accused of “waterboarding” suspects
Published 10 June 2009
Six Metropolitan Police officers suspended after allegedly torturing suspects in a drugs raid
The officers concerned have all been suspended and an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission(IPPC) has been launched.
Police were said to have repeatedly pushed the heads of four suspects into buckets of water in an attempt to obtain information on the hidden drugs.
The torture allegations emerged from a corruption investigation into Enfield police accused of fabricating evidence and stealing suspects’ property.
It would be far too easy to blame just those few police individuals as “rotten apples”. The George W. Bush administration in the USA, the big brothers of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in Britain, made waterboarding and other torture crimes government policy. The scandal now in London should be seen in this context.
See also here.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating two cases involving the way Metropolitan Police Officers have dealt with reports of rape: here.
CCTV shows police aggression against man who died of heart failure in police station: here.
The [British] government has told a Palestinian man he was free to return home, having kept him detained in Britain for eight years as a terror suspect without ever laying charges: here.
A central feature of the assault on democratic rights in Britain, carried out by the Labour government in the name of the “war on terror,” is its effort to criminalise political activity: here.
Keith Ewing’s latest offering is an insightful analysis of the continuing erosion of civil liberties under the new Labour project: here.
While the Obama administration continues its efforts to suppress documentation of the Bush administration’s extensive torture regime, a number of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits threaten to bring more evidence of torture to light: here.
Canada’s Federal Court has ruled that the Canadian government has repeatedly violated Abousifian Abdelrazik’s constitutionally-guaranteed right to return to Canada and ordered the Canadian government to repatriate him within 30 days: here.
Waterboarding in the Netherlands: here.
- FBI nominee: Waterboarding during Bush administration was illegal torture (rawstory.com)
- Police watchdog criticises Met officer over use of CS gas on protesters (theguardian.com)
- The Torturer, the Spy, and the Journalist: How the U.S. Jailed the Waterboarding Whistleblower (motherboard.vice.com)
- Comey: Waterboarding is torture, illegal (thehill.com)
- FBI Nominee Comey Calls Bush-Era Waterboarding ‘Torture’ – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- White House was given ‘heads-up’ over David Miranda detention in UK (theguardian.com)
- Bradley Manning Headed To Prison, While Those Who Presided Over Torture Go Free (jhaines6.wordpress.com)