Torture flights

What No 10 knew and tried to cover up

Leaked memo reveals strategy to deny knowledge of detention centres

The government is secretly trying to stifle attempts by MPs to find out what it knows about CIA "torture flights" and privately admits that people captured by British forces could have been sent illegally to interrogation centres, the Guardian can reveal. A hidden strategy aimed at suppressing a debate about rendition – the US practice of transporting detainees to secret centres where they are at risk of being tortured – is revealed in a briefing paper sent by the Foreign Office to No 10.

Blair Watch comments

So, they are pretty sure it is illegal, they don’t know if it has been going on here, and intend to keep working on maintaining their ignorance, and they know they are fucked if they are pursued on the detail.

Craig Murray to testify at Bush War Crimes Commision in New York

An unprecedented citizens’ tribunal will hear testimony from international expert witnesses and whistle-blowers on war crimes and crimes against humanity alleged against the Bush administration.

Witnesses at the Tribunal include: former commander of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray who exposed the use of information gathered through torture, former arms inspector Scott Ritter, ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern, Dahr Jamail (journalist who has reported extensively from Iraq), Guantanamo prisoners’ lawyer Michael Ratner, Katrina survivors, former State Department officer Ann Wright, among many more.

That’s a seriously heavyweight lineup. Kudos to NION for organizing it. More info here