HMGs stance on torture

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It appears that the US and UK government's view things differently.

BBC Webpage: UK 'must check' US torture denial

Given, the unreserved support that Blair and Brown have given, isn't it a bit late to be establishing the ground rules?

The committee highlighted the technique of "water-boarding" - a practice which simulates drowning.

The US describes it as "a legal technique used in a specific set of circumstances" and President Bush has refused to ban it.

Given the clear differences in definition, the UK can no longer rely on US assurances that it does not use torture.

However, the UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband said it is torture and "the UK unreservedly condemns the use of torture."

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."
These assurances appear to have come to light, only as a result of enquiries relating to rendition flights.

How do ARRSErs see this?
 

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