Thursday, December 29, 2005

A Call for Bloggers to Publish Torture Documents

The Blair administration in the U.K. is trying to prevent the publication of documents that show the British government has been soliciting and using intelligence from Uzbekistan gained through the use of torture.

Craig Murray, the former ambassador to Uzbekistan from the U.K., was the first to protest his government's use of torture-tainted intelligence, and when his opposition got too public and too vociferous, the Blair government tried to discredit him, and then sacked him.

The British Foreign Office has been trying to prevent Murray from publishing a book he has written about these matters; and now they have also informed him that he must either destroy or return two documents containing key evidence of the U.K.'s involvement in funneling intelligence gained through torture.

Now, here is where the Blogger Forces for Truth, Integrity, Justice, and Honor (that's us, folks) come into play. A group of dissident bloggers in Britain have basically given Blair and his Foreign Office the finger, and are posting the damning documents on their blogs. They are asking that other bloggers do the same.

We have published the documents in full here, and ask that anyone who can will do the same.
If you could publish, host and link to these documents on your own webspace, then it will be harder for anybody to be prosecuted here in the UK, and ensure that they get maximum coverage.

Craig Murray stood up for what many of us believe, and it cost him his Job, his health, and his professional reputation. The least we can do his stand by him as he defies the UK government's attempts at censorship, and possible prosecution.

So here they are, from the Blairwatch blog:

Summary of legal opinion from Michael Wood arguing that it is legal to use information extracted under torture.

Confidential letters from Ambassador Craig Murray.

And here are the same documents, as original files:

The documents have also been posted at TalkLeft, Daily Kos, Politics in the Zeros, Mahablog, and Agitprop.

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