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Friday, February 12, 2010

British Justice 1 : "War" on "Terror" 0

Good news.

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]"

And here's a a true American heroine. Let her serve to remind us all that not all members of the US military are scumbags like the "expert interviewer" and his colleagues who tortured Binyam Mohamed. Some of them genuinely do hold American ideals sacred.


At 13 February, 2010 14:46, Anonymous Phil said...

"If I detained Mr Mohamed in a garage for seven years and deprived him of all rights and called him a car, that makes him no more a car because he's detained in a garage, no more than my government can detain someone, put them in jail and label them as a terrorist, makes them a terrorist."

Thanks for flagging this one up. A real hero.


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