Monday, 27 April 2009

Straw et al Should Be In Jail for War Crimes.


If you have time to watch how the torturers justify it, let's look here.

Why am I soooooo strident?

We know how the system works, that's why.

No matter.

Let's hope Craig doesn't get bombed in another Visor Security fit-up on his way to Parliament.

Anyway, here is his press release.


Thatcher Room
Portcullis House
Tuesday 28 April 1.45pm
Formal Evidence Session on UK Complicity in Torture
Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights
Witness: Craig Murray, former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan
(currently Rector of the University of Dundee).

In 2004, Craig Murray told us that:

- The British Government was complicit in the most vicious forms of torture
- He had been the victim of a lurid smear campaign initiated by New Labour
- The government was lying about all this

In 2004, much of the public and media was not willing to accept that the government would cooperate with torture or with false allegations against an innocent man. Many still had trust in the basic honesty and decency of government.

The evidence that Craig Murray was telling the truth about torture has now become overwhelming, including from the case of Binyam Mohammed. The UK “benefited” continually from intelligence passed on from the CIA waterboarding programme and from torture in countries including Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Egypt.

Craig Murray suffered the most high profile sacking of any British Ambassador for a century. But in 2005 the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee refused to hear him in evidence, despite allowing Jack Straw to appear and attack him.

Astonishingly, this is the first time Craig Murray will ever have been allowed to give formal evidence in the UK on his grave allegations, and be questioned on the truth of his testimony.

As the Scotland Yard investigation proceeds into MI5 and MI6 collusion in 16 cases of torture, Craig Murray will argue that it is not the security service operatives, but the Ministers who set the policy – and specifically Jack Straw – who should be facing criminal charges.

Contact: Craig Murray on 07979 691085 or
Transcript of Craig Murray's formal evidence statement is at



Jose said...

Just a consideration: We have known for a long time that there was torture, how can any government in the world - least of them all the British gvt - proclaim they had no idea?

We have no MI5s or 6s or CIAs, or any of those spooky set-ups.

There's no convincing the world of their lack of acquiescence.

Merkin said...

Quite correct, Jose.

Fewer and fewer people believe them.

Bodwyn Wook said...

From a certain Sufi point of view, these "power psychologies" can't help themselves. Nor can we then, I guess, and so we have to do all we can to stop them whenever possible. Or at least to embarrass them no end with asshole remarks about their personalities in these here blogs! It does you know, ridicule does drain a little of the quotidien pus anyway!

MerkinOnParis said...

Well, Wookie, I don't feel it is wrong, as Merkin, to throw as much ordure at these scumbags as possible.

It is the only thing I can do.

I can't knit very well or I would be sitting waiting for the heads to roll - if they ever do.

Pacquaio whacks Hutton said...

I was only doing my job.

Edward said...

The "only doing my job" comment rings horribly true - moreovever, any policy that has John Bolton's imprimatur is almost guaranteed to be skunked. Thanks for reminding me about Craig Murray, Merk.

Merkin said...

Well, Edward, soon we will see 'it was within the rules' as being the new 'I was only following orders' or 'I was only doing my job'.

Re Craig Murray - there was an almost complete media blackout of the event in Parliament.

Any surprise?

mary said...

Bliar is war criminal and should be standing in the dock at the Hague as you say.

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