Sunday, March 29, 2009

UK Government finally admits to receiving Intelligence from Torture

Craig Murray, ex-UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan who was fired from that post for blowing the whistle on that country's use of torture, has now produced a Foreign Office document which admits to the UK's use of evidence obtained through torture. This flies in the face of continued denials by UK Government officials that such evidence is never used:

Tucked away at Page 15 of its annual Human Rights report, the FCO has finally made a public admission of its use of intelligence from torture. Despite the Orwellian doublespeak about "unreserved condemnation of torture", this is the clearest statement the government has ever made that it, as a policy, employs intelligence from torture.

"One example is the question of the use of intelligence provided to the UK by other countries. The provenance of such intelligence is often unclear – partners rarely share details of their sources. All intelligence received, whatever its source, is carefully evaluated, particularly where it is clear that it has been obtained from individuals in detention. The use of intelligence possibly derived through torture presents a very real dilemma, given our unreserved condemnation of torture and our efforts to eradicate it. Where there is intelligence that bears on threats to life, we cannot reject it out of hand. What is quite clear, however, is that information obtained as a result of torture would not be admissible as evidence in any criminal or civil proceedings in the UK. It does not matter whether the evidence was obtained here or abroad."

Let us take this apart ...


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