Efforts will be stepped up tomorrow to suppress evidence of British involvement in the unlawful treatment of a UK resident, Binyam Mohamed, who says he was tortured in Pakistan, Morocco, and Afghanistan before being secretly rendered to Guantánamo Bay.
The foreign secretary, David Miliband, is appealing against six high court judgments ruling that CIA information on Mohamed’s treatment, and what MI5 and MI6 knew about it, must be disclosed.
In a case which lawyers on all sides agree is unprecedented, counsel for the Guardian and other media organisations, Mohamed and two civil rights groups, Liberty and Justice, will argue tomorrow that the public interest in disclosing the role played by British and US agencies in unlawful activities far outweighs any claim about potential threats to national security.
Miliband’s lawyers will tell Britain’s three most senior appeal court judges, led by the lord chief justice, Igor Judge, that if the CIA material is disclosed the US might cut off the supply of intelligence to the UK, thus harming national security.
I am a little sick of the he said she said shuffle the two governments do, much like the laundering of fake intelligence to pimp the Iraq war, both are in fact colluding in this charade, neither want to let out evidence of their war crimes and both will tell different stories to their domestic audiences. You can bet Obama is not making a big speech about threatening to cut off intelligence, 1.Because he likes to do his Bush-shit quietly but really… 2. Because there is no threat. They have both agreed on this defence to cover up their crimes. Now if Washington could not rely on New Labour’s acquiescence then the threat might be real, but they can, so it isn’t, dig? Pantomime done, release the evidence and let’s get these torturing scumbags into court…I wish.