Darkness at the heart of the British state


Hidden Soldiersources: Socialist Worker
published: 3 July 2018

Revelations that the British state is complicit in torture destroy the lie that Britain is more “civilised” or progressive than other countries.

Two reports last week said that British intelligence agencies MI6 and MI5 have been involved in hundreds of torture cases. They also had a hand in dozens of rendition cases, where suspects are removed to other countries to be tortured.

The mainstream media quickly moved on from the scandal.

Former Labour home secretary Jack Straw ridiculed anyone who raised it while he was in office.

“Unless we all start to believe in conspiracy theories and that the officials are lying, there is simply no truth in the claims that the United Kingdom has been involved in rendition,” he said.

But Britain has been involved in torture and rendition. And the officials do lie.

Straw was referring to the case of Abdel Hakim Belhaj and Sami al-Saadi. The two leaders of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group were rendered to Tripoli in 2004, with the assistance of British security services, to be tortured.

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