Renowned Peace Envoy & Christian Tony Blair’s Condoning of Torture

I’m sure you’ve all seen it by now and Craig Murray is right to be a bit mystified since he revealed this ages ago, still for those who believe in the good faith of Blair and that Iraq and torture were mistakes or well intentioned differences of opinion…he is a war criminal, take your naivety and…well actually there’s this bridge I have for sale you might be interested in…

Tony Blair was aware of the existence of a secret interrogation policy which ­effectively led to British citizens, and others, being tortured during counter-terrorism investigations, the Guardian can reveal. The policy, devised in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, offered guidance to MI5 and MI6 officers questioning detainees in Afghanistan whom they knew were being mistreated by the US military.

 British intelligence officers were given written instructions that they could not “be seen to condone” torture and that they must not “engage in any activity yourself that involves inhumane or degrading treatment of prisoners”. But they were also told they were not under any obligation to intervene to prevent detainees from being mistreated. “Given that they are not within our custody or control, the law does not require you to intervene to prevent this,” the policy said.

 The policy almost certainly breaches international human rights law, according to Philippe Sands QC, one of the world’s leading experts in the field, because it takes no account of Britain’s obligations to avoid complicity in torture under the UN convention against torture. Despite this, the secret policy went on to underpin British intelligence’s relationships with a number of foreign intelligence agencies which had become the UK’s allies in the “war against terror”. The policy was set out in written instructions sent to MI5 and MI6 officers in January 2002, which told them they might consider complaining to US officials about the mistreatment of detainees “if circumstances allow”. (ht2 Rafael)

Timeline and Philippe Sands @ CiF

5 Responses to “Renowned Peace Envoy & Christian Tony Blair’s Condoning of Torture”

  1. GDAEman Says:

    The question doesn’t stop at “whether;” the question is “whether we’ll hold them accountable.” It is our government, isn’t it?

  2. libhomo Says:

    Didn’t Blair get a cushy job at the Carlyse Group for his efforts?

  3. RickB Says:

    So far the accountability for Blair is his accountants who sort his massive wealth, can’t find definitive word on Carlyle, lots of ‘he is expected to’ but no confirmation he has. Maybe he is waiting until this is forgotten
    http://www.forbes.com/2006/02/10/qinetiq-blair-carlyle-cx_po_0210autofacescan10.html

    • libhomo Says:

      I’ve been doing some online research, and Tony Blair has gotten speaking fee payments from Carlyle. It’s fodder for one of my ridiculously long blog postings I’m working on.

  4. RickB Says:

    Is that through the Washington Speakers Bureau? He’s certainly a friend of Carlyle if not an official operative. He’s coining it in, warcrime pays. And guess what? http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/jun/20/iraq-war-inquiry-brown-blair


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