This video says about itself:
“We Don’t Torture”
“Torture, according to international law, is “any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person…”
This song is called “Armagh.” It’s cut down from the 1981 album “Playing with a Different Sex” by the greatly influential post-punk British band, Au Pairs.
From the Google cache, of when my Dear Kitty blog was still at Modblog.
Date: 7 November 2005 at 6:51PM
Probably Bush was inspired here by the chorus of a 25-years-old song by British band the Au Pairs.
American hostages in Iran
Heard daily on the news
forget about Vietnam
You can ignore the 32
There are 32 women in Armagh jail
political prisoners here at home
the British state’s got nothing to lose
It’s a subject better left alone –
Alleged crimes withheld information
She gets no sanitation
dries her shit on her cell wall
feeling cold and sick
She gets a couple of valium
Now she’s relaxed for the next interrogation
naked spreadeagled on her back
it’s a better position for internal examination
it’s a better position for giving information
An armed guard squad she gets a beating
bleeding and wounded she’s stopped eating
has a baby gets nothing for pain
they came and took her baby away
Now, to December 2015.
By Will Stone in Britain:
‘Britain has never been complicit in torture‘
Tuesday 15th December 2015
Jack Straw accused of ‘rewriting history’
The former foreign secretary had claimed: “The British government never condoned nor was complicit in the torture or ill-treatment of detainees, wherever they were held.”
Human rights charity Reprieve has now highlighted MI6 correspondence, a High Court judgement and admissions by Mr Straw’s own cabinet colleagues proving British government complicity in torture during his time as foreign secretary.
M16 director of counterterrorism Sir Mark Allen wrote a letter to Libyan spy chief Moussa Koussa in 2004 in which he took credit for an operation with the CIA.
The operation saw Libyan dissident Abdul-hakim Belhadj and his five months’ pregnant wife Fatima Boudchar kidnapped and flown to Col Gadaffi’s prisons where they were subsequently tortured.
Alongside them were Sami al-Saadi’s family, including his four children aged 12, 11, nine and six.
The Saadi family accepted a substantial out-of-court settlement in 2013.
Mr Allen wrote that while “I did not pay for the air cargo … the intelligence was British.”
He added: “This was the least we could do for you and for Libya to demonstrate the remarkable relationship we have built over the years. I am so glad.”
The operation, which took place while Mr Straw was foreign secretary with responsibility for MI6, is now the subject of a Metropolitan Police investigation.
Files have been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which is considering charges.
A CPS spokeswoman told the Star it was “continuing to advise the police and to look at all the evidence in relation to what is a very large and complex investigation.”
However, she couldn’t say when there would be sufficient evidence to make a final decision.
Reprieve director Cori Crider said: “Mr Straw’s claims seem to be an attempt to rewrite history.
“We already know that Britain was complicit in the US torture programme — the only questions remaining are how far this went, who knew about it, and who signed it off.
“As the minister responsible for MI6 when it helped render a pregnant woman and four young children to Gadaffi’s prisons, maybe Mr Straw could start giving us some answers.”
A High Court ruling in 2009 in the case of Binyam Mohamed, who in 2002 was captured and sent to a secret prison in Morocco where he was extensively tortured, also flies in the face of Mr Straw’s claim, the charity said.
Mr Mohamed claims that interrogators repeatedly cut his penis and chest using scalpels and razor blades.
Judges found “the relationship of the United Kingdom government to the United States authorities in connection with Binyam Mohamed was far beyond that of a bystander or witness to the alleged wrongdoing.”
The British government awarded him £1 million in compensation in 2011.
And two of Mr Straw’s cabinet colleagues in 2008 admitted that British personnel and territory had been involved in the US rendition programme, under which detainees were flown to secret prisons around the world to be tortured.
And then defence secretary John Hutton admitted that, in 2004, British personnel had captured people in Iraq and handed them to the US, which then sent them to a secret prison in Bagram, Afghanistan, where they were tortured.