Thursday, February 11, 2010

UK to Publish Torture by US?

A United Kingdom judge has ruled that British courts must release statements from Guantanamo Bay terrorist Binyam Mohamed, about "torture" received at the hands of American military or intelligence.

London's High Court ruled in 2008 that the British government must disclose all evidence held against Mohamed.

The court excluded seven sensitive paragraphs supplied by U.S. intelligence services, and judges said later the United States had threatened to end intelligence cooperation if the evidence of alleged torture was released.

But last October, two High Court judges ruled there was "an overwhelming public interest" in releasing the details, a decision the Appeal Court upheld Wednesday.

"The treatment reported ... could be readily contended to be at the very least cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by the United States authorities," the now public judgment said.
Take a look at this. It appears the same information has already gone through a U.S. court:
Miliband said the Appeal Court would have upheld the principle that no country should disclose intelligence from another without its agreement -- had the substance of the paragraphs not already been put into the public domain by a U.S. court judgment in a separate case in December.
If that isn't all the proof we need that enemy combatants should not be in U.S. courts, I don't know what is. He was in Guantanamo Bay, and should have stayed there.

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