Watching the very enjoyable and informative Taking Liberties last night, it brought a surge of fresh anger towards the apparatchiks of the Neo-Labour party; watching Jack Straw and Tony Bliar deny that the UK was involved in extraordinary rendition (aka kidnapping) only to be shown they were wrong. Hard to believe they didn't know - hard to believe they were not lying though their teeth when they denied it. Seeing the non-existent Ricin plot used the Bu$h and Colin Powel to justify the genocidal war in Iraq and so on and so on. While these lies and deceptions remain un-atoned by the party there can be no justice and no peace for them. Ever.
On the subject:
Torture, far from saving lives is costing them says one of the men who used to do the torturing;
I learned in Iraq that the No. 1 reason foreign fighters flocked there to fight were the abuses carried out at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. Our policy of torture was directly and swiftly recruiting fighters for al-Qaeda in Iraq. … It’s no exaggeration to say that at least half of our losses and casualties in that country have come at the hands of foreigners who joined the fray because of our program of detainee abuse. The number of U.S. soldiers who have died because of our torture policy will never be definitively known, but it is fair to say that it is close to the number of lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me — unless you don’t count American soldiers as Americans.
Should be front page news.