USA threatens to withdraw intelligence co-operation with UK
It is reported by the BBC that a British ‘resident’ (actually an Ethiopian national, but the BBC doesn’t want you to know that) was tortured whilst imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for four years, and that the British Government was complicit in this barbarism. Cranmer has no doubt that Binyam Mohamed may well have been up to no good and deserved his incarceration.
So Cranmer would very much like to know how this Ethiopian gentleman came to be in possession of a British passport in the first place, and why the British Government is so bothered about Pakistan’s methods of persuading criminals to provide information which they are reluctant to part withal. Of course, the BBC is not remotely concerned by these matters.
But it is also reported that the American government threatened to withdraw intelligence co-operation with Britain if details of the case were revealed.
Former Shadow Home Secretary (and present civil rights champion) David Davis MP is persuaded that the ruling points to complicity by the UK and US authorities in torture. The details of the case were censored ‘after the US put pressure on the UK’.
It is not remotely acceptable that US authorities are able to interfere with the UK judicial process.
Cranmer has not read the ruling, but allegations of bullying of a British court by the government of the United States leaves Cranmer with just one response: