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British Secret State Terrorism is an Abomination

category international | rights, freedoms and repression | opinion/analysis author Sunday December 23, 2012 05:06author by BrianClarke - AllVoices Report this post to the editors

War Crimes of Occupation in ireland

The Ministry of Defence in London has just paid out £14 million in compensation to hundreds of Iraqis who were illegally detained and tortured by British forces during the five-year occupation of the south-east of the country, demonstrating the British have broken their promises and undertakings to the international community once again.

On the 18th January 1978, the Government of the Republic of Ireland brought an application against Britain, before the Commission of International Human Rights in Strasbourg (ii) that various interrogation practices--in particular the so-called 'five techniques', which included wall- standing, hooding and deprivation of sleep and food--and other practices to which suspects were subjected amounted to torture and inhuman or degrading treatment contrary to Article 3...The Commission unanimously found that the five techniques did constitute a practice of torture and that other practices amounted to inhuman and degrading treatment

British Secret  State Terrorism
British Secret State Terrorism

British Secret State Terrorism is an Abomination

Lawyers and international human rights groups say there is systemic abuse in British Occupied Ireland. Indeed we learned last week the British murder lawyers and human rights activists there, Now their ability to hold Irish citizens or what they term British commoners without trial ,is so fundamentally wrong, it goes against everything a civilized society stands for.

When you're accused of a crime in a civilized society, you get a trial, you get a trial by a jury of your peers, no matter how heinous your crime is, no matter how awful you are, you are given a transparent trial. The miscarriages of justice in the instances of the Guilford Four and Birmingham Six demonstrate the injustices of the British system in open court, what then, are your chance being Irish in secret courts?

The Ministry of Defence in London has just paid out £14 million in compensation to hundreds of Iraqis who were illegally detained and tortured by British forces during the five-year occupation of the south-east of the country, demonstrating the British have broken their promises and undertakings to the international community once again.

On the 18th January 1978, the Government of the Republic of Ireland brought an application against Britain, before the Commission of International Human Rights in Strasbourg (ii) that various interrogation practices--in particular the so-called 'five techniques', which included wall- standing, hooding and deprivation of sleep and food--and other practices to which suspects were subjected amounted to torture and inhuman or degrading treatment contrary to Article 3...The Commission unanimously found that the five techniques did constitute a practice of torture and that other practices amounted to inhuman and degrading treatment

On the same day the Parker report was published on 2 March 1972, the United Kingdom Prime Minister stated in Parliament, that its torture techniques in British Occupied Ireland would not be used ever again in future. The Prime Minister's statement, directives expressly prohibiting the use of the techniques, whether singly or in combination, which were then issued to their forces by the Government.

At a hearing before British Courts on 8 February 1977, the British Attorney-General declared that the 'five techniques' would not in any circumstances be reintroduced either collectively or individually. Yetstill the torture goes on with the Marian Price and others secretly interned without trial in British Occupied Ireland, while hundreds more claims are in the pipeline as Iraqis become aware that they are able to bring proceedings against the UK in the London courts.

Human rights groups and lawyers representing former prisoners say, that the abuse was systemic, with military interrogators and guards responsible for the mistreatment, acting in accordance with both their training in the UK. Campaigners are calling for a public inquiry into the UK's detention and interrogation practices.

Those compensated were male civilians who said they had been beaten, deprived of sleep and threatened before being interrogated by the British, who detained them on suspicion of involvement in the violent insurgency against the Occupation. Others were forced into stress positions for prolonged periods.

Most of the complaints come from the actions of shadowy military intelligence units. Officials of the International Committee of the Red Cross complained incessantly. Despite this, the interrogators shot hundreds of videos of themselves threatening and abusing men, bruised, disoriented, starved and sleep deprived in many cases, too exhausted to stand.

A soldier who served as a guard, said that he was ordered to grab blindfolded prisoners by their thumbs, then drag them around assault courses.He said that the prisoners were often beaten during these runs and that they would then be returned for interrogation in camera.These interrogation centres are regarded as "Britain's Abu Ghraib". These are the same people who run secret trials, with secret witnesses, secret evidence based on secret torture, to secretly intern indefinitely, prisoners of political conscience who object to British Occupation in Ireland.

The number of claimants both from torture in Ireland and Iraq, clearly demonstrates a systemic problem and combined with other ongoing British war crimes in Occupied Ireland such as the state murder of human rights lawyers and journalists, it is high time this be made fully accounted for with victims but also the British taxpayers, with an obvious interest to know the truth but also of the millions subsequently spent in compensation in both Iraq and Ireland to British torture victims.

Human rights groups and lawyers say the UK government is obliged to hold an inquiry to meet its obligations under the European convention on human rights, particularly under article three of the convention, which protects individuals from torture like Marian price received while in solitary confinement for over a year, who is spending her second Xmas interned without trial. After a hearing, in the British high court highlighting matters supporting the allegations of systemic abuse. These include:

• The same techniques being used at the same places for the same purpose: to assist interrogation.

• The facilities being under the command of an officer.

• Military doctors examining each prisoner at various stages in their detention.

• Investigations by the Royal Military police that were concluded without anyone being held to account.

The MoD claims no public inquiry is necessary, as it has instituted an investigation body of its own. After Ihat investigators examined the videos shot at Jfit, three interrogators were referred to the Service Prosecuting Authority, with a recommendation that war crimes charges be considered. However lawyers for the prisoners believe Ihat is insufficiently independent, with one investigator already quitting Ihat, alleging that the organisation's inquiry is not genuine but a typical British face-saving exercise of more secrecy.

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