Judge throws out Libyan rendered by UK spooks & CIA to Gaddafi for torture, because "it might embarrass America"

Abdel Hakim Belhaj was a Libyan dissident who was kidnapped by the CIA and GHCQ and rendered to Gaddafi's Libya, along with his pregnant wife. He was brutally, savagely tortured and imprisoned for seven years. He's been trying to get justice in a British court since his release. Today, the court told him he would find no justice, because any trial on his rendition would embarrass the CIA, and that would damage the UK's national interest. Oh well, at least the judge was "horrified" as he pronounced his verdict.

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  1. kbk says:

    And people wonder why the Western gooberments did nothing when Germany, yes Germany, none of this political bs where many now like to say "the Nazi's" sent millions to the ovens.

  2. Every one of these acts is a win for the terrorists. I don't mean dissidents in far off countries. I mean the people trying to keep the general populace of every developed country terrified.

  3. Indeed, the system is broken, and it's unfair to expect the system to fix itself while playing by its own rules. It's an abdication of the responsibility of the electorate in a democratic system. The judge had no power to do anything, from the Guardian article

    He said the potential effect of the principle of "state doctrine", which bound him in this case, was "to preclude the right to a remedy against the potential misuse of executive power and in respect of breaches of fundamental rights". [Emphasis added]

    The judge wasn't happy about it, but it's beyond him. Judges can't be activist in their rulings, it jeopardizes the principle of representative democracy, and consistency of law.

  4. Did I say 'justice is blind'? No. I said 'justice must really be blind'.

    Perhaps I was improperly using a common saying to give an outrageous piece of news an ironic twist?

    I was definitely not seeking a lesson on proper usage of colloquial speech, and I would like to direct you to Muphry's law.

    I find it helpful to ask what someone means when I am not 100% sure that they're 'doing it wrong'. In my experience, most miscommunication is a shared responsibility.

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