Monday, July 30, 2007

UK Says "Don't Be Mean to bin Laden"

"Ministers insisted that British secret agents would only be allowed to pass intelligence to the CIA to help it capture Osama bin Laden if the agency promised he would not be tortured, it has emerged.
MI6 believed it was close to finding the al-Qaida leader in Afghanistan in 1998, and again the next year. The plan was for MI6 to hand the CIA vital information about Bin Laden. Ministers including Robin Cook, the then foreign secretary, gave their approval on condition that the CIA gave assurances he would be treated humanely. The plot is revealed in a 75-page report by parliament's intelligence and security committee on rendition, the practice of flying detainees to places where they may be tortured..." (source)

I do believe that lethal injection is a lot more humane than having to jump from a 110 story building to avoid your flesh burning off...but maybe that's just me. Maybe the occupants of 10 Downing Street need to look closer at their boundless tolerance in relation to their own country being infiltrated with homegrown extremists. I'm not advocating torture, but to put conditions on bin Laden's capture goes beyond annoying...

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