“Nothing justifies torture” says former head of MI5

Baroness Manningham-Buller, the former Dame Eliza and Director-General of the Security Service (MI5), gave the Mile End lecture in the House of Lords a few hours ago.  Her topic was “Reflections on Intelligence” and I understand that the text of this will shortly be available on the Parliamentary web-site.

In the Q&A after the lecture one Jack Bauer enthusiast asked her about torture.  She was unequivocal in her reply:

“Nothing – even saving lives – justifies torture.”

She’d earlier made some comments about US “waterboarding” activities at Guantanamo Bay and she added the caustic comment:

“The sad thing is that Cheney, Rumsfeld and Bush watched “24”.”

4 thoughts on ““Nothing justifies torture” says former head of MI5”

  1. I do get the feeling that, for the Tories’ Security propaganda mistress, no statement which doesn’t appear to the billionaire led press to embarrass HMG should be left unstated.

    The principal reason why torturing mad sadistic mass murderers to obtain vital imformation isn’t acceptable is that “information” obtained thereby might well be inaccurate. Their inalienable human rights are up there too . . .

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