British torture scandal whitewash?

This video says about itself:

Feb 23, 2010

A British human rights group has launching legal action against the government over guidelines the UK’s intelligence agencies on how to interrogate prisoners held overseas.

Reprieve, which represents former Guantanamo Bay detainees, says unpublished guidance from 2002 and 2004 is unlawful because it condones complicity in torture.

Alan Fisher reports from London.

This series of videos is called Guantanamo Files.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Whitewash looms for torture probe

Thursday 24 February 2011

Human rights groups warned today that the inquiry into British complicity in torture risks being a “whitewash” due to governent meddling.

The inquiry was announced by David Cameron last year to investigate allegations that MI5 and MI6 were involved in the torture of a number of former Guantanamo detainees.

But today a number of groups including Reprieve, Liberty and Amnesty International accused the government of attempting to impose “extraordinary restrictions” on the probe.

Under current plans former detainees and their lawyers would not be able to hear or challenge evidence given by spooks.

Key documents would be examined in secret and the government would decide what evidence should stay secret, meaning the inquiry’s conclusions may not even be made public.

The inquiry also can’t force potential witnesses to testify.

Nine non-governmental organisations have signed a letter arguing that significant changes to the inquiry structure must be made if it is “to prevent any appearance of ongoing collusion in or tolerance of unlawful acts” by the government.

The Prime Minister is due to meet with the inquiry panel on Monday.

Legal action charity Reprieve said it was alarmed that the panel had “refused to abide by international and domestic legal standards, claiming that they are bound only by what Prime Minister David Cameron has told them to do.”

Reprieve investigator Tim Cooke-Hurle said: “Faced with allegations of serious crime, an inquiry that reaches its conclusions behind closed doors and on secret evidence cannot have the confidence of the public and victims.

“Unless the Prime Minister acts promptly this torture inquiry, set up outside normal legal frameworks, will fail.

“If the Prime Minister really wants to restore the reputation of British intelligence then why waste the opportunity by allowing a whitewash?”

Legal officer for civil rights campaign group Liberty Corinna Ferguson said: “If this inquiry doesn’t comply with well-established legal standards on investigating collusion in torture it is difficult to see its point.

“This is a golden opportunity to find answers to the catalogue of disturbing allegations of recent years but an expensive whitewash will benefit neither victims nor security services whose reputation is at stake.”

WikiLeaks: Shocking Revelations in Guantanamo Files: here.

USA: Obama Special: How The Administration Abandoned Promise to Close Guantanamo: here.

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