Thursday, July 30, 2009

British Justice

There was an article in the 'Guardian' reporting that Hillary Clinton intervened in the British legal process to halt the courts producing proof that the CIA had tortured Binyam Mohamad, a British resident, in in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Morocco and Guantánamo. Of course, it was necessary that the courts didn't proceed to disclose the evidence. After all, as the British foreign secretary, David Milliband, said, "the US would stop sharing intelligence with the UK if the CIA material was published." Apparently, the lawyers for Mr Mohamad and the judges have challenged this assertion. Nevertheless, a number of incidences, like Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi's conviction for the Lockerbie bombing,(2) tell me that we shouldn't put too much faith in British justice; a justice, which is incredibly quick to react on other occasions as a mail from a friend to the BBC shows:“Perhaps the BBC should get its own journalism up to scratch, first? A simple paragraph in the report today on the sad murder of PC Beshenivsky should have presented a wealth of investigative opportunities, and responsibilites, to the journalists providing the content for the BBC news site: "Using a friend's passport, Jama fled to his native Somalia following the murder but was brought back to the UK in 2007 after being smuggled out of Africa in an undercover operation."Imagine the uproar in the UK if a foreign country's robbery investigation unit kidnapped a suspect in an undercover operation and smuggled that person out of the UK. It doesn't matter that Somalia may not have a functioning government at the moment. Democratic governments should not use such methods, full stop. So, BBC journalists - forget about asking the citizens to do the kind of work you are supposed to be trained for - fearless reporting. Get on the real story here, and set us an example first.”

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