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More lies from the government about Binyam Mohamed

Issue No. 2191

Yet another judge criticised British spies for their complicity in torture last week. And yet again the government responded with lies.

Judge Lord Neuberger said some MI5 officers had been less than frank about the torture of Binyam Mohamed, and had a “dubious record”.

Home secretary Alan Johnson has spent millions of pounds in the courts to cover up the evidence of torture.

He says, “The UK’s security and intelligence services do outstanding work to keep us safe against a real terrorist threat – and they do so under proper control.

“We totally reject any suggestion they have a problem in respecting human rights.”

But the facts of the case are simple.

Binyam was arrested in Pakistan in 2002, and denied a lawyer.

After being interrogated by an MI5 agent there, he was secretly “rendered” to Morocco on a CIA plane.

In Morocco his captors tortured him, stripping him naked and cutting him with a scalpel on his chest and penis.

After 18 months he was transferred to a secret prison run by the CIA in Afghanistan.

Binyam has described the Afghan secret prison. “It was pitch black, no lights on in the rooms for most of the time.

“They hung me up for two days. My legs had swollen.

“At one point I was chained to the rails for a fortnight.

“Plenty lost their minds. I could hear people knocking their heads against the walls and the doors, screaming.”

His interrogators asked him questions about his life in London – details of which could only have been provided by British intelligence.

Binyam’s lawyers said that he had confessed “to anything those inflicting that treatment on him wanted him to say”.

He was then transferred to Guantanamo Bay.

There is absolutely no doubt that MI5 and MI6 have been involved in the torture and interrogation of prisoners in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Guantanamo Bay.

The evidence is so strong even judges can see it.

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Tue 2 Mar 2010, 18:07 GMT
Issue No. 2191
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