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Quick torture link-dump

Democracy Now – Ex-British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray on Why He Defied UK Foreign Office by Posting Classified Memos Blasting U.S., British Support of Torture by Uzbek Regime Independent – Blair fails to shake off rendition row Guardian – … Continue reading

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Jack Straw is a lying weasel (and other facts about torture)

News reports: BBC – Memo stokes ‘terror flights’ row Scotsman – Memo points to more ‘rendition’ flights Guardian – Torture flights: what No 10 knew and tried to cover up Independent – Leaked memo reveals ‘torture flights cover-up’ Lotsa details … Continue reading

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US torture camps in Europe: the proof!

Australian Broadcasting Corporation – Swiss paper claims proof of secret US torture camps: A newspaper in Switzerland has published what it believes is the first concrete proof that the US is operating secret interrogation camps for terrorist suspects in Eastern … Continue reading

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God bless you, Major Joe Lazzari

Immediately following last night’s docu-drama, Iraq: Why We Went To War, More 4 screened an edition of Unreported World entitled; Iraq: On the Front Line, where reporter Peter Oborne accompanied a patrol under the command of Major Joe Lazzari. Joe … Continue reading

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Our media and our MPs are letting us down

Observer – Official or not, it’s no secret in the blogosphere: This episode is proof of a widening gulf between law and technology. The downside for Murray is that his memos did not cause the sensation he hoped for. This … Continue reading

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Two events to look out for

1. 7/7 Anniversary Memorial Service – This Saturday at 3pm there will be held an informal ceremony at the Cenotaph, near Downing Street on Whitehall for the half-year anniversary of the London bombings. Yes, you will be risking arrest. BTW, … Continue reading

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Junior officials, start your engines…

Guardian – Whitehall unconfidential: the censors are on the run: But a document has fallen into the Guardian’s hands that seems to explain why ministers have become so bankrupt in these failures to stem a tide of disclosures (most revolve … Continue reading

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Too many bystanders

You’ll want to start here: BlairWatch – The Failings of the Press Different incident, same issue, same problem: Obsolete – To publish or not to publish, that is the question: Why is this Labour government so obsessed with secrecy, and … Continue reading

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Eclectic link dump #19

BBC – 100 things we didn’t know this time last year ‘Jack Straw knowingly misled the House’ isn’t in the list, but I did find out that in the U.S. you can subpoena a dog. Economist – America’s most-hated companies … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Guardian – British admit being at terror grilling: British officials have admitted MI6 officers were present during the interrogation of 28 Pakistanis in Greece, despite apparent denials by Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. They insist, however, that the officers took no … Continue reading

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