Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Brits Concerned Over US Torture


Let's face it with torture as the standard operating policy for Bushco, the CIA and the Military it doesn't make the scenario in the previous article seem too outlandish.

I'm glad to see the Brits are starting to find a bit of backbone even if it is five years too late.

Yesterday, military prosecutors announced that they have filed death penalty charges against six detainees for their roles in the 9/11 attacks. One of these men, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, has been confirmed to have been waterboarded.

Attorney General Mike Mukasey has also refused to rule out using this evidence in court, saying, “What evidence gets presented at this trial is up to the prosecutors.”

But today on BBC Radio, UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband broke with the country’s American ally, citing “some concerns” over the use of torture evidence:

Speaking on a BBC programme in response to a question from a listener, Miliband confirmed that the UK defined water-boarding as torture, adding: “We don’t … we would never use water-boarding.” […]

“And I think it’s very, very important that we always assert that our system of values is different from those who attacked the US and killed British citizens on September 11, and that’s something we’d always want to stand up for.”

Asked whether the trial of Mohammed would respect his legal rights, Miliband replied: “We have some concerns about that.”more

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