Jack Straw’s secrecy motive

Just a day after Jack Straw uses a veto to block the release of the Iraq Minutes to the British public we learn of yet another occaision where what Jack Straw says and what Jack Straw does are not necisarily the same thing.

The Telegraph – John Hutton admits terror suspects were handed over for rendition

Just read the following:

In a statement to MPs that will reignite the row over “extraordinary rendition”, Mr Hutton said officials had been aware of the incident in 2004.

The case was also featured in papers that went in front of then Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and Home Secretary Charles Clarke.

The disclosures contradict Government claims that Britain has never been complicit with extraordinary rendition, whereby detainees are transferred to states where torture is legal.

Now do you still believe Jack Straw or any member of the current government should be able to veto the release of their records and minutes?

In case you are still not convinced, remember this is the same Jack Straw who, along with Tony Blair, catagorically deny to parliment and the British public that American Extraordinary Rendition flights had ever used British airports or military facilities, only to have David Millband contradict him completely in the spring of last year!

The Telegraph – British airport used for US rendition flights

So in a few short years  New Labour has managed to say “we’re all for freedom of information, we do not allow extraordinary rendition, and we do not help others carry out extraordinary rendition” party and do completely the opposite!


One comment

  1. cj · February 26, 2009

    In December 2005 Jack Straw told a commons committee

    “. Unless we all start to believe in conspiracy theories and that the officials are lying, that I am lying, that behind this there is some kind of secret state which is in league with some dark forces in the United States, and also let me say, we believe that Secretary Rice is lying, there simply is no truth in the claims that the United Kingdom has been involved in rendition full stop, because we have not been, and so what on earth a judicial inquiry would start to do I have no idea.
    I do not think it would be justified. While we are on this point, Chairman, can I say this? Some of the reports which are given credibility, including one this morning on the Today programme, are in the realms of the fantastic.”

    Not sure what the Today programme said but someone needs to pick this up and investigate

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