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Letters In The Torture Case.

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Channel 4 has links to the letters which reveal the level of coercion used by the US administration in the case of a tortured Guantanamo Bay detainee:

21 Aug 2008 letter: John B Bellinger to Daniel Bethlehem

25 Aug 2008 letter: Daniel Bethlehem to Lord Justice Thomas and Mr Justice Lloyd Jones

27 Aug 2008 letter: Daniel Bethlehem to Lord Justice Thomas and Mr Justice Lloyd Jones

It continues:

“The Foreign Secretary David Miliband has today denied it again, this time in the House of Commons.

But the exchange of letters between his legal council at the US State Department lawyer, “affirms in the clearest terms” the nature of the risk and threat to the Anglo American special relationship.

Tonight is it a cover up of British complicity in torture of a Guantanamo detainee, or is it simply a matter of national security?

The controversy relates to a British court case about the alleged torture of a UK resident held at Guantanamo Bay.

Despite the foreign secretary’s assurances, the words of a letter from the legal adviser to the US state department to a foreign office lawyer pulled no punches.

Written in August last year, it said:

“Public disclosure of these documents… is likely to result in serious damage to US national security and could harm existing intelligence information-sharing arrangements between our two governments.”

The lawyers for Binyam Mohammed, the Guantanamo detainee whose case has caused the controversy, have gone back to court to ask that it consider again publishing US intelligence material that relates to his alleged torture.


Written by modernityblog

05/02/2009 at 20:51

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