Thursday, February 23, 2006

Crunch coming for Blair on torture

Terry DavisThe Secretary General of the Council of Europe writes that his organisation is very close to releasing the results of its investigation of European complicity in the US "extraordinary rendition" of terrorist suspects to nations known to practice torture:

The Council of Europe insists on full compliance with the organisation's human-rights standards because it firmly believes that this is the only way to win the fight against terrorism. Torture is not only morally wrong, it also does not make us any safer because it produces unreliable intelligence and helps to recruit new terrorists.

This sounds ominous for Jack Straw and Tony Blair, who have claimed ignorance of the 200+ CIA flights through the UK that are believed to have been involved in "rendering" suspects for torture.

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