Not an April Fools' Joke: MI5 Investigated for Mistreating Jihadist
MI5 works under the premise that torture does not elicit reliable evidence. In their experience it is even known to produce false leads in order for the victim to extricate himself or herself from pain. Mohamed says that his tormentor in Morocco, a man named Marwan, was the one who repeatedly cut his genitals. It is notable that on Barbara Ehrenreich's weblog a reader has reminded the good lady (she is the one who wanted Americans to rise up in revolutionary anger against the "Bush terror regime") that Mohamed's claim that he was hung by his wrists for a week would mean he would by now have lost the use of his hands.
Con Coughlin in the Telegraph laments the fact that British media anguish about Mohamed's treatment has eclipsed the questionable activities in which it is reasonably certain he participated. Coughlin reminds the world that Binyam Mohamed had made many admissions: it is widely reported that he enjoyed watching jihadist videotapes at his London mosque, had befriended "shoe-bomber" Richard Reid, was friendly with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and knew men accused of planning the July 7, 2005, transit system bombings. Coughlin concludes that it is a sorry day indeed when Britain must ignore the forest for the trees.
Britain's already-stretched police resources are under orders from Attorney General Baroness Scotland to be used to investigate Mohamed's accusations against MI5 and pursue another fifteen reported cases of abuse of terror suspects by the British intelligence services.
Lest we forget the genital mutilation inflicted upon the Israeli athlete at Munich in 1972 by the PLO, the probable torture of poor old Dora Bloch in Entebbe, the cruel murder of Leon Klinghoffer in his wheelchair on the Achille Lauro, and the mutilation of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan. Lest we forget the thousands of Muslims tormented by other Muslims in Iraq, where hospitals have been used as torture chambers. Lest we forget the abominable practices still in use today in third-world countries. Lest we forget the al-Qaeda "safe houses" found by coalition soldiers in Iraq, who recovered unimaginably cruel implements of torture and images of fellow Muslims at the receiving end of these abominations.
Binyam Mohamed is alive, looking well, and possibly healthier than some young men his age. Foreign Secretary David Miliband acknowledged Britain was offering him succor and Lord Carlile said, "I would expect a light and gentle touch." Various public figures acknowledged that Mohamed should be afforded every opportunity to integrate himself back into society.
Whether he is innocent or a dangerous terrorist let free because his admissions were obtained under duress, one can only hope that the police investigation of MI5 is performed with a "light and gentle touch" so its immensely capable men and women can get on with the real business at hand: protecting the British public in the homeland. The terror threat is "the severe end of severe" in Great Britain and the idea of MI5 being probed remains, to me and my esteemed colleague Con Coughlin, nothing short of a hideous April Fools' joke.