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UK knew of Guantanamo torture: ex-spy

Prisoners kneel under the watchful eyes of Military Police at Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay, in January 2002. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st class Shane T McCoy, US Navy.

Prisoners kneel under the watchful eyes of Military Police at Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay, in January 2002. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st class Shane T McCoy, US Navy.

London [RAW]

A former senior British intelligence officer wants to give evidence that the country’s security services knew about the torture of inmates at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, a newspaper reported.

The former officer is seeking permission to present evidence to a forthcoming parliamentary inquiry that British officials saw detainees being tortured in December 2002, the Sunday Times said, quoting senior security sources.

Details of torture were disclosed during meetings held at the London headquarters of Britain’s MI5 in 2002 and the evidence is believed to include claims that British officials witnessed inmates being chained, hooded, waterboarded and subjected to mental abuse by CIA officials, the report said.

No one was immediately available to comment at Britain’s interior ministry which handles media queries relating to MI5.

A report by the US Senate published in 2014 said the CIA used sexual threats, waterboarding and other harsh methods to interrogate terrorism suspects in the years after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

A former British inmate at Guantanamo said last month that British security officers witnessed him being tortured by American soldiers in Afghanistan.

Separately, a former British inmate at Guantanamo said in 2014 he underwent psychological torture including execution threats and light deprivation.

The prison in Guantanamo, in Cuba, was opened in 2002 to house foreign terrorism suspects but has drawn international criticism from human rights activists and many foreign governments. US President Barack Obama is seeking to close it.


One response to “UK knew of Guantanamo torture: ex-spy”

  1. Ken says:

    What is the point of this article ?
    There was no secret about this at the time, and what else was the purpose of the US prison camp in Guantanamo and the “rendition” camps that were set up by the CIA and supported by the Australian government?
    These war crimes were committed and run in conjunction with the ‘pre-emptive’ invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, this also contravenes the Geneva Convention and was carried out despite the largest worldwide protests in history. So much for any pretense of democracy !
    I think it is a bit rich trying to fake surprise now, especially when the Australian Government , and people as a whole sat back and did nothing while David Hicks, an Australian citizen was kidnapped and tortured with the full knowledge and cooperation of our very own warmonger, John Howard.
    G”)

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