Tony Blair: ignorance is bliss

by Sunny
24th January, 2006 at 4:37 pm    

Garry Smith (aka Curious Hamster), who has a fantastic eye for these things and the studious dedication of a man on a mission, asks politely if the Guardian is losing its balls. Tony Blair made the startling admission yesterday that he hadn’t actually asked the Americans whether people had been illegally transported through the UK from A to B.

In the ongoing “extraordinary rendition” controversy, it seems rather bizarre the PM would not ask its best ally whether people had been illegally transported through its airspace. Or maybe he doesn’t want to know? So you would think a paper dedicated to the ideals of freedom of civil liberties would press home the point? Unfortunately, no such joy.

Last week the Independent on Sunday also revealed that “Lord Triesman, the Foreign Office minister, misled peers when he told the House of Lords that no such meeting had ever occurred” between the UN and UK civil servants about the secret CIA torture flights. In frustration, Garry puts some very pertinent questions to Blair:

Does he, I wonder, understand that he’s radicalising people with his obsession with control and the stifling of dissent? Does he understand the frustration felt by people living under a government displaying such contemptable levels of duplicity? Does he realise that he shows a complete lack of respect for rational debate and the democratic process? Does he see that behaving as he does undermines the very institutions he puports to hold dear?

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  1. David T — on 24th January, 2006 at 4:59 pm  

    cf Nick Cohen in

    Hear no evil, see no evil

    If you want to know how New Labour survives, look at the cack-handed way the media spun the New Statesman’s torture exclusive. They claimed the leaked FO document shows that Jack Straw lied when he said Britain knew nothing about extraordinary rendition.

    No it doesn’t. What it proves is that the government doesn’t know and isn’t busting a gut to find out. The FO says it has no ‘mechanism’ for finding out if the Americans send suspects captured by British troops to interrogation centres. And because it hasn’t gone through the files, it doesn’t know if there have been US requests for the use of UK air space for extraordinary rendition either.

    Tony Blair escapes because enemies always hit him with the wrong charge. This scandal is not about what the government does know but has covered up, but what the government doesn’t know but should.,,1692180,00.html

  2. sonia — on 24th January, 2006 at 5:06 pm  

    well perhaps someone can point it out to the guardian, im sure they need all the help they can get.

  3. Jezza — on 25th January, 2006 at 11:31 am  

    Lord Triesman – jewish
    Nick Cohen – jewish
    jack straw – jewish father

    kosher conspiracy . .

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