Friday, February 20, 2004

Why we must not move on.

My PC has been out of action and shows no sign of playing ball so updates to my blog are few and far between.

Nearly a year since the invasion of Iraq and while the majority of people seem to have done as they are told and 'moved on', there are still many trying to ensure that the actions of a few unscrupulous leaders do not go unpunished.

Today saw the release of 5 British born prisoners from Gauntanamo Bay. Whether involved in the Afghanistan war or not, these people have been held for over 2 years without charge, in a direct breach of the Geneva convention. More than 660 terror suspects are still held at Camp X-ray and are not afforded the basic rights of prisoners of war. As I've said before, this is not a time to move on. It's a time to fight for fair justice for all those involved in these conflicts.

Meanwhile back in the UK the prosecution looks set to drop the case against former GCHQ interpreter Katherine Gun. Gun was arrested last year for leaking information about a spying operation against other members of the United Nations. The fact that the prosecution may drop the case is fantastic news for Gun, who has claimed that the leaks proved that the US was attempting to subvert our own security services.

Unfortunately, should the case be dropped then the government will avoid the potentially embarrassing situation of having the full advice of the attourney general on the legality of the war released to public. Gun has claimed that the war was both illegal and involved serious wrongdoing on the part of the security forces, who are accused of bugging the delegates of Angola, Cameroon, Chile, Bulgaria, Guinea and Pakistan. Should such accusations be true, then the government would find themselves at the centre of a scandal far larger and more damaging than Watergate.

The media and government may be trying to divert our attention away from the war on Iraq, but the fact remains that serious breaches of international law have been made by serving western governments. Breaches that they must be held accountable for. If they are allowed to get away with the lies they have spun, then the few freedoms we have left will truly disappear, and we could all find ourselves being arrested for trying to speak out.

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