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EYE-BALL on – Bush, Howard, and Blair – all Signatories to Torture …

September 10, 2011
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Bush, Howard, and Blair – Signatories to Torture …
The Human Rights Watch –HRW– have found documents that confirm both the CIA and MI6 were involved in sending suspect terrorists to Libya for the purposes of interrogation and torture. The HRW web-site posted the following story:

Secret Intelligence Documents Discovered in Libya – [Linked story]
Files Show Intimate Relationship Between CIA, MI6, and Libya
September 8, 2011

Among the files were documents confirming that both the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the United Kingdom’s MI6 sent terrorism suspects to Libya for detention – despite Libya’s notorious record for torturing prisoners.

Human Rights Watch discovered in Tripoli tens of thousands of archived documents containing evidence of crimes – such as the US and UK governments’ complicity in torture – committed during Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s rule

The documents were found in the office of Musa Kusa, Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief. We viewed several hundred documents and photographed about 300, but didn’t remove any. We have been working with Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) to secure the building, keeping the documents safe so they can be used as evidence in court. We continue to scour Tripoli for more documents, trying to ensure that archives are secure.

Among the files were documents confirming that both the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the United Kingdom’s MI6 sent terrorism suspects to Libya for detention – despite Libya’s notorious record for torturing prisoners.

The CIA communications that we saw were drafted while George W. Bush was president and included information like flight schedules and lists of questions to be asked of suspects. They also established that the CIA sent agents to interrogate suspects in Libyan custody.

This confirms Human Rights Watch’s earlier findings of US and UK complicity in the torture of suspects in foreign countries, published in 2004. The US says it has not transferred any detainees to Libya since 2007.

CIA renditions

The files we reviewed included details of at least four renditions, including that of Abdul Hakim Belhaj, former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and now rebel military commander in Tripoli. The group sought to overthrow Gaddafi in the 1990s and played a major role in the current revolt.

During a mission to Libya in 2009, Human Rights Watch interviewed Belhaj. At the time, he was in Abu Salim prison, where Gaddafi locked away political prisoners and the site of a notorious 1996 prison massacre. It was also where Libya detained many of the prisoners transferred by the CIA. Belhaj said that he and his pregnant wife were detained in Malaysia in 2004, then rendered to Libya. He said CIA agents interrogated him about alleged ties to al-Qaeda – ties he denied – and beat and hung him by his limbs on a wall.

Diplomatic assurances

An analysis of the documents viewed by Human Rights Watch reinforces the need to end the policy of relying upon “diplomatic assurances” by governments that torture that they will treat prisoners transferred to them humanely. At least two of the documents – one involving Belhaj – show that the US sought assurances that Libya would respect the rights of rendered suspects. But it is inconceivable, given the Gaddafi regime’s record of torture – acknowledged by the State Department – that the US government took these assurances seriously.

The then Australian Prime Minister Mr Howard gets his ‘gong’ because he signed Australia up with the Brits and the Americans with a blank guarantee of support for the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan – he is tarred with the same responsibility – pleading ignorance in that subordinates were responsible is a ‘chicken’ excuse.

Serious times call for serious Leadership – it is relevant to raise the reasons the WORLD stands at an abyss – these three Leaders presided over a corrupted process – a lie of a reason to go to war in the first place – i.e. Weapons of mass Destruction when all the evidence since the invasion points to a frame-up – and Australia is in it up to its neck because John Howard wanted to strut the WOrld Political stage …

If in all honesty – if the WORLD is serious about setting an example – one where the message is that their conduct – i.e. the conduct of civilised Nations do not lower their standards to the levels of those who oppose us – then these three Leaders in their darkest hours – when their morality and integrity were truly tested – their decisions failed the World – they failed their own Nation – and they failed the people who they represented – they all failed humanity.

If this atrocity goes unpunished – if these Leaders are not pursued as War Criminals – or at least Human Rights abusers – then the World has become the evil infested and corrupted orifice that swallows all human value.

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