Friday, June 29, 2018

UK intelligence agencies aware of torture of terror suspects after 9/11 attacks: report

UK intelligence agencies aware of torture
British Prime Minister Theresa May gave her first response after a damning report Thursday revealed British intelligence agencies were aware at an early stage of the torture and kidnap of terrorism suspects after 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US .

The reports published in London on Thursday by the parliamentary intelligence and security committee amount to one of the most damning indictments of UK intelligence, the Guardian newspaper reported.

The committee report revealed links to torture and rendition were much more widespread than previously reported.

British intelligence agencies continued to supply intelligence to allies despite knowing or suspecting abuse in more than 200 cases, the report found.

The chairman of the committee, the MP Dominic Grieve, said British agencies knew of incidents that were plainly unlawful, with the report concluding that intelligence agencies were aware at an early point of mistreatment of detainees by the US and others.

The committee concluded that a blind eye was turned to routine mistreatment by US authorities, although British intelligence agencies became aware from an early stage that this was going on.

The new report has already led to calls for an independent, judge-led inquiry.

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