The controversy surrounding the possible war crimes trial set up to judge Dick Cheney and George W. Bush’s decisions regarding the war in Iraq and the “war on terror” might have spread onto the Old Continent.

Former Shadow Home Secretary David Davis, calling for a plan to condone torture

Former Shadow Home Secretary David Davis, calling for a "plan to condone torture"

The world as a whole breathed a collective sigh of relief as Barack Obama signed the decree authorizing the closing of Guantanamo Bay’s detention facility. But as the prisoners are gradually removed and transferred out, some truths emerge – the kind that many decision makers would rather keep buried, deep under the feet of the unknowing public opinion.  David Davis,a  senior Conservative member of Parliament (MP) has revealed today that Binyam Mohamed, a United Kingdom resident detained in Guantanamo, has been the victim of torture in Morocco, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Davis explained to the High Court that he believes American and British authorities were guilty of authorizing the practice of torture. The High Court said they would open an investigation on torture and other cruel, degrading and inhuman punishment inflicted on the person of Binyam Mohamed. British citizens had already manifested against Tony Blair’s alliance with the United States after 9/11, believing that the UK should not intervene in a war they knew would not be ratified by the United Nations and would probably drive the US and its allies into quicksand. The people was right, and Tony Blair’s political career long suffered from this unpopular move. Gordon Brown may now be the resident on 10 Downing Street, but the shadow of a controversial transatlantic alliance is still floating over Albion’s proverbial head. Indeed, Davis’s ruling also mentions that the United States pressured the United Kingdom into not publishing the details of Mohamed’s case report, a staggering twenty-five lines containing details of the alleged torture.

BBC News reports that Lord Justice Thomas and Mr Justice Lloyd Jones were adamant the details ought to be published in the name of the law, free speech and democratic accountability; however, United States representants would have persuaded them not to as the US government could then “inflict on the citizens of the United Kingdom a very considerable increase in the dangers they face at a time when a serious terrorist threat still pertains”.  Despite complete denial from the office of the Prime Minister, Jonathan Beale, a BBC correspondant in Washington, said “a former Bush administration official who dealt with Guantanamo Bay confirmed that US intelligence agencies did tell the UK that they opposed the release of certain US intelligence without their consent.” Members of British intelligence departments, M15 and M16, claimed that the United States’ behaviour was standard practice. They assured that the same would have happened if the United States had tried to publicize details pertaining to matters of British national security.

However, Davis claims that Mohamed’s torture should not be tolerated and plans on using the case to point out that the United Kingdom shall never tolerate torture under any circumstances. He has been supported by several human rights associations saying that the British judges have been “bullied” into not releasing incriminating evidence against the United States. The leader of the liberal democrat party, Nick Clegg, called it “blackmail” and asked for the document to be immediately released to the public.  He also asked for Barack Obama’s administration to take a tougher stance against torture and work towards a better understanding between the two countries without resorting to intimidation. “It is simply incredible that the US government would have halted intelligence co-operation with the UK if this information had been made public”, Clegg said.

Mohamed had been detained in the Cuban prison for four years before charges of war crimes were dropped in October.

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