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Selsdon Man

Liam Fox's human rights committee should look into the Bush's administration's torture of terrorism suspects.

The Washington Post reported recently that the CIA operates a network of secret prisons in eight countries including Thailand, Afghanistan, Cuba, and several countries in Eastern Europe. These secret prisons were established four years ago to hold al Qaeda suspects.

The reason for the CIA setting up secret prisons in other countries is because it is illegal for the government to hold prisoners in such isolation in secret prisons in the U.S., according to former intelligence officials.

CIA interrogators are allowed to use approved "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques", which include some techniques that are illegal under U.S. military law and under the U.N. Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. One of the approved tactics is "waterboarding", in which a prisoner is made to believe he or she is drowning.

For more stories on the Bush administration's human rights abuses, type "extraordinary rendition" in a google research. The stories are truly appalling. An American friend, who used to be a Reagan speechwriter said "it makes you ashamed to be an American never mind a Republican".

One can only hope that those responsible will be brought to justice.

James Hellyer

"And when the Conservative Party talks about foreign affairs it can't just be Gibraltar and Zimbabwe. We have go to show as much passion about Darfur and the millions of people living on less than a dollar a day in sub-Saharan African who are getting poorer while we are getting richer."

Can someone please tell Mr Cameron that Zimbabwe is in sub-Saharan Africa?

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