Friday, June 19, 2009
Tony Blair knew of a secret interrogation policy which effectively led to British citizens being tortured in counter-terrorism investigations, it was claimed yesterday.
The policy was devised after 9/11 and offered guidance to MI5 and MI6 agents questioning detainees in Afghanistan that they knew were being mistreated by the U.S. military.
The British intelligence officers were given written instructions that they could not 'be seen to condone' torture and must not 'engage in any activity yourself that involves inhumane or degrading treatment of prisoners'.
But they were also told they had no obligation to prevent any detainees from being mistreated.
'Given that they are not within our custody or control, the law does not require you to intervene to prevent this,' said the policy.