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A fine British tradition of torture and empire

Published Tue 17 Feb 2009
Issue No. 2139

David Miliband, the New Labour foreign secretary, is a liar. He lied over Britain’s role in rendition flights. He lied over the torture detention centre on the British-owned island of Diego Garcia.

But Miliband stands in a fine British tradition. Torture is embedded in the methods of imperialism. And as an old imperial power, Britain has a long and disgraceful history of both using torture and covering it up.

Binyam Mohamed is a British resident being held in Guantanamo Bay. Miliband has fought to keep secret some 42 documents that reveal how Binyam has been tortured.

Miliband told MPs that US authorities did not want documents discussing Binyam’s case to be brought into the public domain.

He failed to mention that it was his officials who asked the US to write the letter saying it didn’t want the documents published.

The British government doesn’t want the documents out in the open in case they reveal how Britain colluded with and encouraged torture. If they are released they will prove David Miliband yet again to be a liar—and worse.


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Tue 17 Feb 2009, 18:16 GMT
Issue No. 2139
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