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Ear to the Ground

Britain’s Alleged Torture Hypocrisy

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Posted on Nov 2, 2006
Tony Blair
Scotsman.com

British Prime Minister Tony Blair addresses Parliament.

A new report from Human Rights Watch accuses the British government of softening protections against torture, abdicating its responsibility to pressure the U.S. against the practice and knowingly deporting terror suspects to countries where they are likely to suffer abuse.


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The rights group also accused the Blair government of “whitewashing U.S. government abuses,” including the practice of “rendition” of suspected extremists to countries that use torture.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said British officials have no evidence that U.S. officials ever conducted a rendition using British territory or airspace.

“The U.K. government have not approved and will not approve a policy of facilitating the transfer of individuals through the U.K. to places where there are substantial grounds to believe they would face a risk of torture,” the spokesman said.

Human Rights Watch said Blair had failed to use his close relationship with President Bush to press for changes to policies such as rendition. “The U.K. is losing the credibility that it once enjoyed,” the report concluded. “The government’s determination to bend the rules on its own account, and its refusal to confront abuses committed by its closest ally, is a moral and political abdication, in defiance of international law.”

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By John, November 2, 2006 at 11:09 am Link to this comment
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Facts and truth are not liberal or conservative.  Facts and truth are what they are.  So you are putting your spin on the facts and your spin on the truth.
You call me a marching moron but you only support the liberal side of everything so who really is marching with morons.  I can look at both sides not just mine.
So I will ask….lets see if you and others will answer…..IF the democracts win the next election what is their plan for dealing with the troops in IRAQ…and you cannot mention the name BUSH one time in your answer….what will the Dems do if elected?

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By Ron Ranft, November 2, 2006 at 10:19 am Link to this comment
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Comment #36180 by John on 11/02 at 9:01 am

So another Marching Moron shows up on a Liberal website and starts mouthing the words “fair and balanced.” Hey, did you see anywhere those words. This side presents facts and truth which as you should know have a Liberal bias. This site is not run for ditto heads, devotees of Faux News, or the GOP house of Lies and Scandal.

Don’t come here sputtering, but Clinton, or any of those other moronic talking points from the right. They are not relevant. How is it that you can get your panties in an uproar over something Kerry said that was true and hurt no one all the while defending the Corrupt inhabitants of the White House whose lies have cost hundreds of thousands of lives.

Keep marching towards the cliffs, nothing for you here!

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By kevin99999, November 2, 2006 at 9:20 am Link to this comment
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Both the U.S. and British government has made lying to the public a routine part of running their governments….both are morally and ethically bankrupt. The leaders of both governments should be jailed.

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By John, November 2, 2006 at 9:01 am Link to this comment
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Just a general question…...how did you come up with the site name “Truthdig.com”  I have never seen such a liberal site in my life.  I you rail about Fox and claim they are not “fair and balanced” but you truly think YOU ARE?  Just what aspect of FAIR AND BALANCE reporting can you point too.  I don’t mind reading the liberal point of view but you REFUSE to print or post any Conservative point of view and call yourselves “TRUTH DIGGERS” 
Who middle school students run your site for you?
Back to Kerry.  YOU applauded his refusal to apologize.  Then he apolgizes….of course his apology was printed rather than this “drama queen” press conference AND he apologized AFTER saying he WOULDN"T apologize…kinda like not voting for the war after voting for the war.  Then after he apologizes YOU quickly remove the news article about his refusal to apologize….you guys must get pretty dizzy with all the spinning around you do at (let me clear my throat first) TRUTH DIG.

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By gasman, November 2, 2006 at 7:06 am Link to this comment
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Blair hates confrontation, so won’t confront Bush about anything

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By Dan Weintraub, November 2, 2006 at 7:06 am Link to this comment
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I continue to be dumbfounded by the amount of hand-wringing re: the hypocricies of the Blair & Bush governments. THE PRINCE! Don’t you get it? Ends and means!!! Bush, Blair, etc. will lie, cheat, torture, etc. in their “war on terror”. It’s just that simple. To call it hypocricy is obtuse at best. It’s RealPolitik…and nothing’s gonna stop it.

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