Sunday, July 20, 2008

Britain May Not Be Free to Extradite Prisoners to U.S.

The Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the British Parliament recommended the government carry out an "exhaustive analysis of current US interrogation techniques." The order was prompted by the Brown and Bush governments having different definitions of torture. BBC News reported:

In its report, the committee said: "Given the clear differences in definition, the UK can no longer rely on US assurances that it does not use torture, and we recommend that the government does not rely on such assurances in the future."

The MPs also challenged the government to check more actively that Britain had not been used by the Americans for so called "rendition" flights - when detainees are taken to countries where bans on torture may not apply.

The United Nations convention bars the return of individuals to states where they are at risk of being tortured. That risk is clearly present in King George's America.