Friday, May 24, 2013

Britain collaborated in rendition

Who'd have thunk it? Britain collaborate din US rendition far more than they have admitted:

The UK's support for the CIA's global rendition programme after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US was far more substantial than has previously been recognised, according to a new research project that draws on a vast number of publicly available data and documentation.

Evidence gathered by The Rendition Project – an interactive website that maps thousands of rendition flights – highlight 1,622 flights in and out of the UK by aircraft now known to have been involved in the agency's secret kidnap and detention programme.

While many of those flights may not have been involved in rendition operations, the researchers behind the project have drawn on testimony from detainees, Red Cross reports, courtroom evidence, flight records and invoices to show that at least 144 were entering the UK while suspected of being engaged in rendition operations.

When the media first revealed that the US was using the UK as a stopover point for renditions, Home Secretary jack Straw called it a conspiracy theory:
Straw told the same MPs that media reports of UK involvement in the mistreatment of detainees were "in the realms of the fantastic". Documentation subsequently disclosed in the high court in London showed that Straw had consigned British citizens to Guantánamo Bay in Cuba after they were detained in Afghanistan in 2001.

So basically the UK government made a secret alliance with the US to facilitate kidnapping and torture. The politicians responsible need to be held accountable for it. And the best way of doing that is to put them on trial before an international court for all the world to see.