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[Unconstitutional Alliance] – Where does the Rule of Law come in?

Posted by BHudson on February 8, 2009

I’m having a state-the-obvious day, because (for want of another reason), not many people seem to be seeing things as they are.

I hold these points to be self evident:

  1. The UK has a constitution.

  2. The constitution is uncodified but partially written.

  3. One of the sources of the constitution is the rule of law.

  4. Hence, the government is bound by the laws of the land.

These are pretty simple, fundamental points. The thing is, the rule of law would not allow the wilful suppression of evidence relating to a torture case. So why does Miliband continue to pass off the UK’s spineless response to the USA’s strongarm tactics in the name of ‘national security’? Suppressing evidence is against the rule of law. The relationship between America and Britain enforces the suppression of evidence. Hence, the alliance is (on this front) unconstitutional.


As Crispin Black comments in the Independent on Sunday, the problem stems from the USA’s unilateral foreign policy. We can have a ‘special relationship’ with their government, as long as we don’t step out of line. “There is little cost/benefit analysis of our relationship with the Americans. And absolutely none about the intelligence relationship… We persist in an ‘intelligence cringe’ – the Americans know more, the Americans know better. Well, they did not know what was going on in Iraq… Quite why we should think they understand what is going on any else better than we do remains a mystery.”


In the words of Shami Chakrabarti, “Despite best efforts to shine a light on the grubbiest aspects of the ‘war on terror’, the Foreign Office has claimed that the Obama administration maintained a previous US threat to reconsider intelligence sharing unless our judges kept this shameful skeleton in the closet. We find this Foreign Office allegation … surprising.”

The bottom line is that by withholding evidence, both sides are implicit in torture, regardless of whether they were before (and I’m pretty sure they were). Yet another nail in the coffin of the War of on Terror that will no doubt have no effect.

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[Torture Works] End of The War Against Terror?

Posted by Lex Fear on March 15, 2007

The man behind it all has confessed – to EVERYTHING – from plotting to assassinate Pope JP II to 9/11 – proving torture works. Can we all now get back on with our lives?

Terrorism is dead, long live King George (and poodle, Tony)!

HT: The Osterley Times

Adding a new sidekick: Mattghg, utilises the power of words and draws from deep knowledge and understanding.

Not sure how this sidekick thing is going to pan out, since I already has a links page and referrer list…

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[Same Difference] American Moral High-Ground Compromised?

Posted by Lex Fear on March 13, 2007

Scott Adams, who writes Dilbert, blogs comparing America’s system of government with Irans and poses the question: Is Iran as democratic as the United States?

Meanwhile Kel over at The Osterley Times asks: Are we in a position to condemn Zimbabwe for torture?

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[Minitruth] Gitmo Detainees – Happy to Hang!

Posted by Lex Fear on June 28, 2006

Are we to believe the doctors verdict that they ‘showed no sign of being depressed’? Locked up indefinitely and tortured, not being granted a fair trial? Yeah, wouldn’t faze me either…Taken from the Independent:

The three detainees – two Saudis and a Yemeni – were given psychological tests as a formality because they had recently participated in a hunger strike, including one who refused meals for 180 days. The military said they were found hanging in their cells from nooses fashioned from bed sheets.

After the suicides, Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of the detention operation, called the deaths an act of “asymmetrical warfare” against the US military. “If you ask my opinion, I agree with the admiral that this was somewhat of a political statement,” the doctor told reporters visiting the US naval base.

I just love how any form of dissent, or just sheer desperation is labeled as “asymmetrical warfare”. If we applied this logic consistently then these people are also guilty of asymmetrical warfare and so should be treated as (suspected) enemy combatants:

Asymmetrical warfare against Derby Council
Asymmetrical warfare against Croydon Council
Asymmetrical warfare against bin men
Asymmetrical warfare against Portugal
Asymmetrical warfare against a train

Back in April I blogged on the witch hunt taking place in America and the UK. I cannot think of a more trenchant example as Admiral Harris’s statement. This War Against Terror that they have been feeding us for so long is about whipping up fear and paranoia. But I believe the American government used this to their advantage. It is already a know fact that Bush wanted to test American military power and attack Iraq long before 9/11. After 9/11 the administration milked it all they could, constantly re-affirming how the world had changed and how we were all now part of The War Against Terror.

He suggested that American guards might have noticed the detainees sooner had the prison not been following International Red Cross recommendations, including how dark their cells should be at night. “If we did everything the Red Cross wanted, there would be very little that we could do to keep detainees alive short of putting them in a strait-jacket,” he said.”Every time we give them something to make their lives easier, they use it against us by trying to harm themselves.” Since the deaths, the military is guarding against future suicides by only giving out bed sheets and blankets during sleeping hours and monitoring detainees in their cells every three minutes.

It’s nice to see they are showing concern for these human beings whilst conducting interviews. It’s that pesky Red Cross again, always interfering and making our job of conducting TWAT difficult. How unreasonable is that, after going to all the trouble to detain these people against international law or any rights, they attack us by harming themselves?

Here’s a tip: You want to make their lives easier? GIVE THEM A FAIR TRIAL. Judge them guilty or release them!

Any detainee thought to be a suicide risk is now placed in a restraining, green anti-suicide smock for 72 hours and given a psychological exam, he said.

Oh yeah that’s going to work… will it be the same doctor? “No signs of depression here, he can be taken off suicide watch”.

The doctor said there have been no suicide attempts since the deaths on 10 June, but there have been several incidents of detainees harming themselves, such as putting themselves with paint chips or beating their heads against walls.

What, they’re not thankful for being there after all the care and attention being given to them? Some people just don’t get it.

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