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BDS timewarp
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Guardian reports:
Ministers insisted that British secret agents would only be allowed to pass intelligence to the CIA to help it capture Osama bin Laden if the agency promised he would not be tortured, it has emerged.

MI6 believed it was close to finding the al-Qaida leader in Afghanistan in 1998, and again the next year. The plan was for MI6 to hand the CIA vital information about Bin Laden. Ministers including Robin Cook, the then foreign secretary, gave their approval on condition that the CIA gave assurances he would be treated humanely. The plot is revealed in a 75-page report by parliament's intelligence and security committee on rendition, the practice of flying detainees to places where they may be tortured.

The report criticises the Bush administration's approval of practices which would be illegal if carried out by British agents. It shows that in 1998, the year Bin Laden was indicted in the US, Britain insisted that the policy of treating prisoners humanely should include him. But the CIA never gave the assurances.
Someone ... anyone, help me out here ... whose administration was running the executive branch in the US in 1998?
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Someone ... anyone, help me out here ... whose administration was running the executive branch in the US in 1998?
Picky picky picky...

Always with the nitpicking...

Just accept the Narrative, and drink your kool aid...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Maybe Chimpy McHitler was shredding the Constitution so much faster than the speed of light that his evil influence actually began moving backward in time?
Written By: Aldo
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Just remember, history started the day Bushnazi took office.
Written By: shark
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Hillary Clinton’s.
Written By: Kevin
Must have happened after Rove finally completed the Flux Capacitor.
Written By: the wolf
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I ask: why the CIA didn’t give the Brits their word that Bin Laden wouldn’t be tortured? Say whatever you have to do to get him, and then do what you want to him.
Written By: steve
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Clinton would not agree not to violate OBL with a cheroot.

Not that I would have given that assurance either.
Written By: spongeworthy
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I think it was maneuvering. Pure and simple. Had nothing much or anything to do with if we’d torture him or not. Obstructionism for political purposes. Recall that the US has been the "bad guy" according to people like Amnesty International for long *long* before Bush was elected. Making a token stand mollifies the right groups of people.

Recall that (and I believe it was British) groups refused to help dig up mass graves in Iraq because of the fear that the evidence would be used against Saddam and that he’d be executed for it, and they supposedly didn’t want to be morally responsible for capital punishment.
Written By: Synova
Sandy Berger .. call the Archives.
Written By: Neo
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Actually, the report probably does criticize the Bush administration, but the editor just couldn’t stand that sentence being at the end of the story starting with the word "Also," so he struck the also and stuck the sentence in where the dart he threw landed. That way he could get his licks in and insinuate, to the ill-educated patchouli perfumed that are his readers, that Bush had something to do with it while giving Clintoon a pass.
Written By: RRRoark
The plan was for MI6 to hand the CIA vital information about Bin Laden. Ministers..., gave their approval on condition that the CIA gave assurances he would be treated humanely.
I’m sure the Ellers and Sullys of the world rush past this point - It kinda destroys their favorite meme that it was Bush that brought in inhumane (read torture) treatment.
Written By: bains
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The funny thing is Guardian believing MI6 could find its arse with both hands. Yellow Cake, anyone?
Written By: unaha-closp
Wasn’t that during the time that Scheurer says their plans to capture (not kill) Bin Laden had to include a special ergonomic chair in the plane and worries about duct tape ripping his beard?
Written By: Harun
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worries about duct tape ripping his beard?
Oh that’s and easy problem to solve... Shave him... :)
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Shave him
But that would violate UBL’s religious sensibilities.
Written By: Neo
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But that would violate UBL’s religious sensibilities.

And the problem with that is... What exactly?
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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I understand that Alberto Gonzales hasn’t delivered a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee today by the promised noon deadline.

Seems Alberto is stuck on the salutation of the letter.

He started with "Dear gentlemen," but Gonzales said that really sounded like perjury.
Written By: Neo
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The problem I see here is that the British realized that Clinton was torturing the American people and they just didn’t want to see that happen to bin Laden.

That anyone would even consider putting that crowd in office through the devices of The Rapist’s wife, is beyond me. I would sooner vote for Ralph Nader, and I am a conservative.
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