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Thursday, December 20, 2012

I hear the sound of chickens coming home to roost

....and doing so in the hair of the British secret police.

David Cameron accepts that there was "shocking state collusion" in the assassination of Pat Finucane in 1989. Though in some strange way he seems to imagine that passing intelligence to the murderers, doing nothing to apprehend them, and then obstructing the investigation by means of a huge official cover-up falls short of constituting an "overarching conspiracy". How many state employees have to be corrupt facilitators of terrorist murder before the line between "shocking collusion" and "overarching conspiracy" is crossed, I ask myself?

Of course, later, we had the wonderful Tony Blair in Downing Street to ignore humnan rights and the rule of law. In 2004, following Tony's love-in with Colonel Gaddafi, our security forces kidnapped Libyan dissident Sami al-Saadi, his wife and their four young children and handed them all to the Libyan secret police for imprisonment and torture. And now our government (not Blair of course - he's off making more millions out of other people's misery) has been forced to pay over £2 million in compensation to Mr al-Saadi and his family. Not only that, but there is another similar case in the pipeline, arising from the "rendition" to Libya of Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his pregnant wife.

And a Saudi citizen who was "disappeared" into the concentration camp at Guantanamo (where the USA holds the political prisoners it daren't put on trial because it knows them to be innocent) is suing the British government for the false evidence it gave to the Americans (not perjured evidence, of course, there has never been any question of his receiving a court hearing), as well as for their collusion in his torture.

Thomas Fuller, in 1733, wrote "Be you never so high, the law is above you", a line made famous when quoted by Lord Denning. Denning was referring to the Attoreny-General, but the maxim applies a fortiori to the spies, spooks and general rag, tag and bobtail of secret policemen we have permitted over the years to believe themselves and their actions beyond the reach of law or justice. As their actions ead to public shaming and bills of millions of pounds, perhaps British taxpayers will begin to question whether these James Bond wannabes are giving value for money (or doing anything useful at all to offset the making stuff up and the propping up of failing dictators).

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