American Samizdat

Friday, March 06, 2009. *

Can your say, warren commission? Thought you could...

As above so below, as at home so abroad:

Your Help Needed - Reveal Torture to Stop It

A lot of you know who who Craig Murray is. At the moment he has an appeal on his site - he's asking people to email the UK's Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights to ask that he be heard next Tuesday, on the subject of the UK government's policy on intelligence cooperation with torture abroad. The executive is putting pressure on the committee to exclude him.

In Craig's words:
I need everybody to send an email to: to urge that I should be allowed to give evidence. Just a one-liner would be fine. If you are able to add some comment on the import of my evidence, or indicate that you have heard me speak or read my work, that may help. Please copy your email to

Please also pass on this plea to anyone you can and urge them to act. Help from other bloggers in posting this appeal would be much appreciated.

Briefly, his background is that he was UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan. The government there was (still is) torturing people and giving intelligence thus obtained to the CIA, which sent it to MI6 and the Foreign Office. Craig sent a series of telegrams to the FO objecting to this policy. The policy ended up being approved by Jack Straw and Craig was fired.

Send an email - even if the only effect is to embarrass that fucker Straw, it's at least that.

Finally, see
ACLU: CIA Confirms 12 Destroyed Videotapes Depicted "Enhanced Interrogation Methods"

ACLU: CIA Confirms 12 Destroyed Videotapes Depicted "Enhanced Interrogation Methods"
March 6, 2009

"I was always astonished at the extraordinary good nature and lack of malice with which men who had been flogged spoke of their beatings and of those who had inflicted them..."
-Dostoevsky (Memoirs From the House of the Dead)
posted by Uncle $cam at 3:23 PM
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