Monday, November 15, 2010


Not that I don’t think victims of government torture should be compensated, but the British government, in settling the court cases of seven former Guantanamo detainees (including Binyam Mohamed), is paying them millions of pounds purely in order to suppress the evidence that would come to light in the trials about British complicity with torture. A Cabinet Office statement today complains about the “totally unsatisfactory situation” where, in David Cameron’s words, the “reputation of our security services has been overshadowed by allegations about their involvement in the treatment of detainees held by other countries”. Don’t you hate it when your reputation is “overshadowed” by the facts about the awful shit you did?

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