Torture document released
(FEDERALJACK) The UK governments appeal against the courts decision to release 7 paragraphs has been rejected and the document has now been released. It shows clearly that the UK government knew about and at the very least did nothing to oppose the illegal detention and torture of Binyam Mohammed. The document reads as follows:
“It was reported that a new series of interviews was conducted by the United States authorities prior to 17 May 2001 as part of a new strategy designed by an expert interviewer.
v) It was reported that at some stage during that further interview process by the United States authorities, BM had been intentionally subjected to continuous sleep deprivation. The effects of the sleep deprivation were carefully observed.
vi) It was reported that combined with the sleep deprivation, threats and inducements were made to him. His fears of being removed from United States custody and “disappearing” were played upon.
vii) It was reported that the stress brought about by these deliberate tactics was increased by him being shackled in his interviews
viii) It was clear not only from the reports of the content of the interviews but also from the report that he was being kept under self-harm observation, that the inter views were having a marked effect upon him and causing him significant mental stress and suffering.
ix) We regret to have to conclude that the reports provide to the SyS made clear to anyone reading them that BM was being subjected to the treatment that we have described and the effect upon him of that intentional treatment.
x) The treatment reported, if had been administered on behalf of the United Kingdom, would clearly have been in breach of the undertakings given by the United Kingdom in 1972. Although it is not necessary for us to categorise the treatment reported, it could readily be contended to be at the very least cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by the United States authorities”
David Milliband had strongly opposed the release of the documents under the prentents of national security, an excuse used all to often. The real reason for the governments opposition to the release of the document is most likely o be the fact that it shows their knowledge of the illegal detention and torture which means that several government officials should be prosecuted under the 1998 Human Rights Act among others.