I don’t spend a whole lot of time being serious on this blog. I’m far more comfortable complaining about how a Pot Noodle recipe has changed or where I’ve most recently watched Alloa get beat.

But every so often something happens that gets my goat so much that I have to vent somewhere and the missus has gone to bed.

I think the subtitle of this BBC News story should be It’s Not Illegal If We’re Doing It. In fact, it’s probably the Gitmo motto.

The wrongs of the Iraq war and the moral and legal free-for-all that is Guantanemo Bay take up so much bandwidth that anything I add to it will be a drop in the ocean. But if nothing else, let’s keep in mind the fact that Saddam swung from his neck for, among other things, torturing his people. Would it have been okay if he’d tortured foreigners?

Apparently the security of the Free World hinges on keeping shtoom on the alleged torture of one Egyptian national living in the UK.

Meanwhile, Gordon Brown took a break from eating his own face and being so terribly uneasy and out of touch with anything that exists beyond his own quiff today to insist that Britain doesn’t support torture. That would probably mean something if it hadn’t tripped out of the mouth of someone who still thinks he put an end to boom and bust, if it hadn’t come from a government who also shtoomed an investigation into corrupt Saudi defense contracts.

My main problem with this whole thing is that it screams out to me, WE CAN DO ANYTHING WE LIKE. There are no controls. There are no boundaries or consequences or morals. Anyone casting a watchful eye is impotent when they’re forced to shut up, gagged by the chloroform soaked cloth of NATIONAL SECURITY. This isn’t an episode of 24! There are repercussions of such action. It filters its way through society.

If British forces tortured that man, they should be brought to task. If that threatens national security or the national security of an ally, then maybe that’s our bloody fault and maybe we shouldn’t have fucking well tortured him in the first place and maybe we should remember that things like due process and national variations thereof demands that people are charged and tried for alleged crimes and maybe we should be taking another look at our foreign policy. Again.

A national embarrassment.

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