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The Seven Redacted Paragraphs

February 10, 2010

The following is quoted from the first judgment of the Divisional Court in the Binyam Mohamed case on 21 August 2008. We have alerted the Court to a typographic error.

“The following seven paragraphs have been redacted

[It was reported that a new series of interviews was conducted by the United States authorities prior to 17 May 2001 as part of a new strategy designed by an expert interviewer.

v)  It was reported that at some stage during that further interview process by the United States authorities, BM had been intentionally subjected to continuous sleep deprivation.  The effects of the sleep deprivation were carefully observed. 

vi) It was reported that combined with the sleep deprivation, threats and inducements were made to him.  His fears of being removed from United States custody and “disappearing” were played upon.

vii) It was reported that the stress brought about by these deliberate tactics was increased by him being shackled in his interviews 

viii) It was clear not only from the reports of the content of the interviews but also from the report that he was being kept under self-harm observation, that the inter views were having a marked effect upon him and causing him significant mental stress and suffering.

ix) We regret to have to conclude that the reports provide to the SyS made clear to anyone reading them that BM was being subjected to the treatment that we have described and the effect upon him of that intentional treatment.

x) The treatment reported, if had been administered on behalf of the United Kingdom, would clearly have been in breach of the undertakings given by the United Kingdom in 1972.  Although it is not necessary for us to categorise the treatment reported, it could readily be contended to be at the very least cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by the United States authorities]”

In his speech to the House of Commons David Milliband clearly spelt out that this information was not released because it’s release was forced by the today’s Appeal Court judgement, but rather that it was already readily available in the USA.  He went on to say:

 Mr Speaker, mistreatment of prisoners, not to say torture, violates the most basic principles of this country, never mind our national and international legal obligations.  There is a fundamental commitment on the part of myself responsible for the Security and Intelligence Service, and my Right Honourable Friend the Home Secretary responsible for the Security Service, and the Heads and staff of these Agencies, to uphold the highest standards of conduct not just for ourselves but with the countries with whom we cooperate.  A wide range of allegations have been made during the course of this case.  Today some of the facts can be publicised, in some cases for the first time.

Clearly Milliband can’t have it both ways.  The evidence of torture on behalf of British intellegence is available, and the torture employed by ‘the countries with whom we cooperate’ such as the USA is also readily available.  And this is without even talking about rendition.  Milliband is either a liar or stupid – you decide.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. February 10, 2010 17:44

    Do I have to pick? Can’t I just consider him a stupid liar?

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