The fragility of the supposed special relationship between Britain and America came into full view today, when it was argued that the release of information which detailed the torture of Binyam Mohamed would have seriously damaged the long standing Anglo-American relationship.
Such an argument did not stand up to much scrutiny, given the fact a US Court had already released the same information into the public domain.
The question as to why the Governments did not want it released is evidenced by the contents.
It has nothing to do with National Security, rather the released information would embarrass the spooks and show how they were complicit in the torture of a British citizen.
Embarrassment, the possibility of criminal proceedings and the desire to keep their questionable activities hidden was behind the court action to restrict those seven paragraphs.
The release of this information is a further nail in the coffin of Gitmo. It should have been closed years ago, and never opened in the first place.
I imagine that when Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush discussed the creation of an incarceration facility at Guantanamo Bay they probably thought they were being very clever. As it was something within their control, but in a grey area of legal jurisdiction, which allowed them plenty of freedom to mistreat or to condone the torture of inmates.
I would suspect that most of the torture was done by third parties around the world to keep US officials’ hands clean, but I hope the release of those seven paragraphs will bring forth more information.
We need to fully determine the culpability of those who did the torturing, who planned it and those who authorised it.
Much more than seven paragraphs needs releasing.