Brits Condoned Torture, Aided Extraordinary Renditions: UN

UK a full partner in US terror effort, report says
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2009 4:21 PM CDT
Former British resident Binyam Mohamed, back right, who has been held at Guantanamo Bay leaves a plane at Northolt military base in west London Monday Feb. 23, 2009.   (AP Photo/ Lewis Whyld/PA Wire)
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(Newser) – Binyam Mohamed, a recently released Gitmo detainee, alleges that he was tortured in Morocco while asked questions on behalf of Britian’s MI5. His story so far has amounted to his word against MI5’s, but a new report supports the former detainee’s claim, the Economist reports. A UN report on human rights says Britain, France, Germany, and Italy all sent interrogators to Gitmo despite publicly condemning the American facility.

But Britain’s participation in the darker corners of the US war on terror went much further, the report says. British intelligence agents interrogated detainees held, and tortured, by  Pakistani security forces. On extraordinary rendition, which the British government officially opposes, the report says British operatives often either located the suspect for rendition on behalf of the US or performed the initial capture themselves.