More British complicity exposed in latest ‘CIA Torture Unredacted’ report

4 August 2019 — True Publica

The latest report about kidnappings, rendition, ‘black sites’ and torture is a remarkable piece of investigative work. It provides us with nothing less than a litany of shocking evidence and testimony and at 403 pages it makes for truly grim reading. This article is made up of a very brief set of extracts from the just-released  CIA Torture Unredacted report. It presents the findings from a four-year joint investigation by The Rendition Project and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism into the use of rendition, secret detention and torture by the CIA and its partners in the ‘War on Terror’. 

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Boris Johnson’s Fake Radicalism

2 August 2019 — Craig Murray

We hear much about Johnson coming to power as an iconoclastic figure willing to cut a swathe through the ranks of the Establishment and especially the Civil Service, aided by blue skies thinker Dominic Cummings.

In fact nothing could be further from the truth. There has never been a Prime Minister more entrenched in and deferential to the London Establishment than Boris Johnson.

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CIA Torture Unredacted: The truth of rendition in the ‘War on Terror’

10 July 2019 — Bureau of Investigative Journalism 

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One night in October 2001, shortly after al-Qaeda’s attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, a private jet touched down in Karachi. Masood Anwar, a prominent Pakistani journalist, received an unexpected tip from a friend in the airport: “There were men in masks. They took a hooded man onboard in the early hours. Someone videotaped the entire thing. No one was allowed near the site.”

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The UK is ‘getting worse’ on torture and ill-treatment both at home and abroad

9 May 2019 — True Publica

By Rupert Skilbeck – openDemocracy: As the UK faces UN scrutiny in Geneva this week, a new report examining everything from British prisons and immigration centres, to the legacy of Northern Ireland and Iraq, makes for sobering reading.

This week, the UK is facing UN scrutiny for its record on torture and ill-treatment at home and abroad. The UN Committee against Torture, the expert body that monitors implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment and Punishment, will meet in Geneva to examine the UK’s record.

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UK reneges on promised independent inquiry on rendition, torture By Paul Mitchell

21 December 2013 — WSWS

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has abandoned its promise to carry out an independent inquiry into Britain’s involvement in “extraordinary rendition”, detention”and torture carried out by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Instead, the inquiry will be undertaken by Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), whose record is one of covering up the activities of the intelligence services.

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Uzbekistan: They speak with forked tongue by William Bowles

16 May 2005

“I wouldn’t be sitting here if I didn’t think that the United States benefited greatly from our partnership and strategic relationship with Uzbekistan”
12 August 2004, General Richard Myers, the Chairman of the US Joint Chief’s of Staff speaking in Tashkent.

Yes, well you bet they do as the US maintains a major space and intelligence base, a so-called “Forward Operating Location”, at Khanabad Air Base in Uzbekistan and why the US underwrites Karimov’s dictatorship to the tune of nearly $500 million a year. Not that it’s exactly a new relationship as in October 2001, Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary, visited Tashkent, shortly before a contingent of 1,000 American troops arrived in the country. US-Uzbek military relations are, he told us:

“growing stronger every month … We have benefited greatly in our efforts in the global war on terror and in Afghanistan from the wonderful co-operation we’ve received from the government of Uzbekistan.”

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