By Ian Cobain
The reputable line is apparent: the uk doesn't “participate in, solicit, motivate or condone” torture. And but, the proof is irrefutable: while confronted with strength threats to their nationwide safety, the gloves constantly come off.
Drawing on formerly unseen reliable files and the debts of witnesses, sufferers and specialists, prize-winning investigative journalist Ian Cobain seems to be past the cover-ups, the equivocations, and the makes an attempt to push aside brutality because the paintings of some rogue interrogators, to get to the reality. From the second one international warfare to the struggle on Terror, through Kenya and northern eire, A mystery background of Torture exhibits how the West have time and again and systematically resorted to torture, turning a blind eye the place invaluable, bending the legislation the place they could, and issuing specific denials the entire whereas. What emerges is an image of england that demanding situations our complacency on human rights and exposes the lie in the back of their popularity for reasonable play.
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