UK Govt admits defeat over claim renditions court case will damage UK-US relations

UK Govt admits defeat over claim renditions court case will damage UK-US relations
 
The British Government admitted defeat in court today over its claims that a renditions case could not be heard for fear of embarrassing the US.
 
Government QC James Eadie told the court that he accepted they had “come second” when it came to arguments over “Foreign Act of State” – the theory that a British court cannot hear cases where the UK has cooperated with another state in wrongdoing.
 
Today’s hearing concerned Yunus Rahmatullah, who was seized by UK forces in Iraq in 2004 before being handed over to the US and ‘rendered’ to Bagram, Afghanistan. Mr Rahmatullah suffered years of torture before finally being released in June this year.
 
The UK long denied any involvement in rendition, before being forced to correct the record in Parliament in 2008, when then-Defence Secretary John Hutton finally publicly admitted that the rendition of Mr Rahmatullah and another man, Amanatullah Ali, had taken place.
 
Today’s hearing also considered written testimony from a former senior US Ambassador, Thomas Pickering, who contradicted the UK Government’s claim that hearing the case would endanger UK-US relations. In written testimony, Ambassador Pickering stated that “I firmly believe that adjudicating Mr Rahmatullah’s case in UK courts is highly unlikely to cause damage to the relations or national security cooperation between the US and UK," adding that the UK Government’s claims “misunderstand the value the United States places on the rule of law.”
 

ILAN PAPPE AND GHADA KARMI TO SPEAK IN DUBLIN COLLEGES THIS WEEK

ILAN PAPPE AND GHADA KARMI TO SPEAK IN DUBLIN COLLEGES THIS WEEK

 

The Irish Anti-War Movement is calling on its members to try to attend at least one of these college events this week (details below and on attachments) organised by Academics for Palestine with guest speakers Israeli historian Prof. Ilan Pappé and Palestinian writer and academic Dr. Ghada Karmi.

 

A series of college meetings on Wednesday and Thursday this week organised by Academics for Palestine (AfP) will examine the role of academics in the struggle for justice in Palestine.

 

This includes a public debate at Trinity College Dublin on the subject of the academic boycott. The meetings are detailed below.

Why Bombing ISIS Makes Things Worse - Public Meeting - 16/10/2014 19:30 The Teachers Club Dublin

There will be a public meeting about why attacking ISIS will only make the situation worse.

Speakers:

  • Harry Browne - Writer and Journalist
  • Patricia McKenna - Activist and Former MEP
  • Richard Boyd Barrett TD - People Before Profit

Date: Thursday 16 October 7.30pm
Location: The Teachers Club 36 Parnell St West

 

Shannon: National Demonstration - 12 October 2014

NOTICE: The bus for Shannon will be leaving at 10.00 in the morning of Sunday 12th October from Liberty Hall. Those wishing to go should let us know by the 8th October.... Please email myoulton@yahoo.com for confirmation and questions.
Contributions would be welcome.

EMERGENCY PROTEST AT DÁIL - EXPEL THE ISRAELI AMBASSADOR!

EMERGENCY PROTEST - EXPEL THE ISRAELI AMBASSADOR!

Protest the Israeli Ambassor - tomorrow at Dáil Eireann, Kildare Street, 3.30pm.

The Israeli Ambassador is speaking at the Foreign Affairs Committee at
the Dail at 4.00pm this Wednesday, 3 September.

He should not go unopposed.

The Irish Anti-war Movement is calling an emergency protest tomorrow at
3.30pm at the Dáil.

We say expel the Irish Ambassador as a protest against Israeli war crimes.

IRAQ - US bombing of Islamic State forces is no answer to sectarian violence

IAWM STATEMENT ON IRAQ CRISIS - 27 AUGUST 2014

• US bombing of Islamic State forces is no answer to sectarian violence

• No to further western military intervention in Iraq

• Hypocrisy of western powers in different responses to Iraq and Gaza

Our rulers, aided by much of the media, are softening us up to accept more US and western intervention in the Middle East with various atrocity stories creating hysteria and fear. No doubt the atrocities are real – the beheading of US journalist James Foley is obviously appalling and must be condemned, as must the slaughter and expulsion of unarmed civilians in Iraq - but these stories are selectively presented to demonise the USA’s current enemies while ignoring equally brutal atrocities from their friends.

America’s ally, Saudi Arabia, regularly beheads people. It beheaded 19 people in the first half of August 2014 and in January 2013 beheaded a seventeen year old Sri Lankan servant girl. Being beheaded or dismembered by bombs dropped from 30,000 feet, as so many Iraqis and, more recently, the people of Gaza have suffered, is no less inhumane.

The Record of Western Policy
Something else our rulers and much of the media fail to explain is the background to the sudden rise of the Islamic State Forces (ISF, formerly ISIS). We are supposed not to know that the US and its allies such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia funded and helped them in order to fight Syrian president Assad. Now, because they are threatened by the growing power of the ISF, they turn even to that ‘evil entity’ Iran for assistance, and they also look likely to side with Assad whom only last year they were threatening to bomb.

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