Britain knew USA was mistreating terror detainees after 9/11

Britain knew USA was mistreating terror detainees after 9/11

Britain knew USA was mistreating terror detainees after 9/11

But it noted there were 127 incidents in which United Kingdom officials were made aware of mistreatment by foreign services, and that in 232 cases United Kingdom officials continued to supply intelligence or questions to be asked in interrogation by foreign allies, despite being aware of detainee mistreatment.

British intelligence officers saw USA operatives torture and subject terror suspects to inhumane treatment in the years that followed the September 11 attacks, a report by London's Intelligence and Security Committee said Thursday. The committee described Britain's actions as inexcusable.

The findings undermine Britain's claims to formally reject all forms of prisoner abuse and will raise fresh questions about whether the government should have taken a more independent approach from the US after the September 11 attacks.

Two long-awaited parliamentary reports have found that United Kingdom intelligence agencies were more involved in the kidnap and torture of terrorist suspects in the years after the 9/11 attacks than previously thought.

British officials supplied intelligence to allies in 232 cases where they knew or suspected mistreatment, the report added.

In three individual cases, the agencies offered financial backing to others in order to carry out a rendition operation on their behalf; and in a further 28 cases, they either suggested targets, helped to plan, or agreed to rendition operations suggested by other parties.


Responding to the reports, a British security official said Britain's spy agencies had learned tough lessons since the September 11 attacks.

"Our staff were under pressure to deliver intelligence on the threat", the official said.

"That being said, we have found no "smoking gun" to indicate that the agencies deliberately overlooked reports of mistreatment and rendition by the U.S.as a matter of institutional policy", the ISC report said.

The ISC stated that, while they found "no smoking gun" in relation to British agents deliberately overlooking cases of US-administered torture, more could have been done at both agency and ministerial level to influence United States behaviors concerning how they dealt with suspects.

Prime Minister Theresa May said in a written response to the report that intelligence officers had been working in a challenging environment they were not prepared for.

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