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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 02:51 AM
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David Cameron agrees terms of UK torture inquiry
Judge-led investigation would examine claims of British complicity in abuse and rendition of terrorism suspects.


"The inquiry is expected to offer compensation in cases, where necessary, and is likely to be held in private. A judge-led inquiry or commission may have the advantage of bringing together the 13 separate compensation cases currently going through the courts.

Those cases are leading to complex demands for the disclosure of documents that the intelligence services may not welcome, and are finding difficult to control. Some of the litigants have demanded an inquiry as part of their civil claims.

Cameron is understood to have discussed the issue in recent days with President Obama, but no decision is expected very shortly.


Tyrie said the inquiry needed to examine not only complicity in torture, but also involvement in the US rendition programme, while others said the inquiry should also embrace abuses perpetrated by British armed forced in Iraq."

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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 01:17 PM
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Call Me Wesley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 01:47 PM
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 01:54 PM
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3. The surest check on this sort of thing would be an open court inquiry
Countries have legitimate security and secrecy needs. But if the possibility was out there that the rankest skullduggery could one day be aired in open court under the rules of criminal procedure for discovery and evidence, it just might rein in some of this utter bullshit that's stinking up the world. Once a country's espionage or security activities spills over into the public realm like this, they lose the cloak of "national security" that covers so much official misconduct. Require a signed order for every lash, every waterboarding, every shock, knowing that it could one day come out in a courtroom, and I'll bet this shit would stop by sundown.
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