Human Rights Watch has just released a report – Cruel Britannia – which finds:
In… five cases, British officials and agents first colluded with illegal detention by the Pakistan authorities and then took the collusion further by repeatedly interviewing or passing questions to the detainees between or during torture sessions.
I have not had time to read this report. However Norm, who has, says:
Generalized statements by government ministers on this matter do not answer to the gravity of the findings in HRW’s report. An inquiry is called for.
If that is Norm’s conclusion, this is a very serious matter indeed.
Also, if you have a subscription, re-read the Economist’s old editorial on torture.