Letter to human rights group says judge-led probe could follow intelligence committee report
31 January 2015 - David Cameron has raised the prospect that Britain’s alleged role in torture could be the subject of a second investigation by an independent inquiry.
The move, which would be applauded by human rights groups, could see the intelligence and security services forced to give evidence before a judge, which may present an unwelcome distraction for MI5 and MI6 as they seek to combat the growing threat from radical Islamist groups.
The Intelligence Security Committee (ISC) is investigating whether British officials were complicit in torture overseas, but critics claim that the committee is too close to the Whitehall establishment to conduct a thorough and credible inquiry. An earlier independent investigation, led by a retired judge, Sir Peter Gibson, was scrapped when the Metropolitan police launched inquiries into Britain’s role in the rendition of two detainees to Libya, where they were allegedly tortured. read more>>>
Lawrence Wilkerson is the latest of a number of US officials to say British territory was used in CIA rendition programme
31 January 2015 - The British-controlled island of Diego Garcia was used in the CIA’s post-9/11 kidnap and torture programme, a former aid to the Bush administration has claimed, adding to pressure on the UK government to come clean about the role of the territory in the rendition of prisoners.
According to former Bush aid, Lawrence Wilkerson, the CIA used the remote British territory as a transit site and as a site for interrogating suspects, reported the Guardian.
The Indian Ocean island was used by the CIA to carry out "nefarious activities", Wilkerson, Colin Powell's ex-chief of staff, has reportedly said. He is the latest Bush-era US official to have gone on the record stating that the island was one of the secret sites where prisoners were allegedly held and tortured.
Wilkerson told Vice News: "What I heard was more along the lines of using it as a transit location when perhaps other places were full or other places were deemed too dangerous or insecure, or unavailable at the moment. read more>>>
22 December 2014 - The ACLU and Human Rights Watch say the offences amount to ‘a vast criminal conspiracy’ and are ‘shocking and corrosive’ to US democracy and credibility read more>>>
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014
December 22 2014 - American taxpayers have shelled out roughly $1.6 trillion on war spending since 9/11, according to a new report from Congress’ nonpartisan research arm. That’s roughly $337 million a day -- or nearly a quarter million dollars a minute -- every single day for 13 years. read more>>>
Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds
Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!