Monday, January 02, 2006

Calling All Bloggers: These Documents need publishing

Calling All Bloggers: These Documents need publishing
Calling All Bloggers: These Documents need publishing
Submitted by davidswanson on Thu, 2005-12-29 19:21. Activism

Background:The UK government has been quick to deny that we practice, or tolerate the practice of Torture.

So it is perhaps not suprising that they are determined that you should not see the following

Craig Murray was the UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, untill his complaints and protest at the use of
intelligence gained by torture got too much for Jack Straw and the Foreign Office, who set about
attempting to unsuccessfully smear him, and to successfully remove him from office.

The Foreign Office has had the draft of Craig's book for clearance for over 3 months now, and
they are doing everything they can to try and prevent him from publishing his side of the story.
Their latest attempt to cover their own backs was to inform him, the night before Christmas Eve,
that these two documents cannot be published, and that he was to return or destroy all copies

What are these documents?

The first document is a series of Telegrams that Craig sent to the Foreign Office, outlining his
growing concern and disgust at our use of intelligence passed to the UK by the Uzbek security

The second document is a copy of legal advice the Foreign Office sought, to see if they were
operating within the Law in accepting torture intelligence, and according to Michael Wood the FCO
legal adviser; it is fine, as long as it is not used as evidence.

Faced with this heavy handed censorship by the FCO, in an attempt to cover up our use of and
complicity in torture, Craig has decided to fight back, and has asked us all to publish this
information, so it cannot be suppressed.

I am in discussion with the FCO over what I am and am not allowed to publish in my book. The
FCO is seeking to gut the book of all evidence of complicity with the Uzbek regime.
With Bliar cornered on extraordinary rendition, they are particularly anxious to suppress all
evidence of our complicity in obtaining intelligence from Uzbek torture.

In particular, they have demanded I do not publish the attached documents, and that I hand over
all copies of them.

The obvious answer to this is to post these documents as widely on the web as possible. This is
also potentially very valuable in establishing that I am not attempting to make money from these
documents - you don't have to buy my book to see them, they are freely available. If you buy the
book, you are only paying for the added value of my thoughts.

This will only work if we can get the very widely posted, including on sites in the US and
elsewhere outside the UK … there is a chance that those who … post this stuff will get threatened
under the Official Secrets Act.

In March 2003 I was summoned back to London from Tashkent specifically for a meeting at
which I was told to stop protesting. I was told specifically that it was perfectly legal for us to obtain
and to use intelligence from the Uzbek torture chambers.

After this meeting Sir Michael Wood, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's legal adviser, wrote
to confirm this position. This minute from Michael Wood is perhaps the most important document
that has become public about extraordinary rendition. It is irrefutable evidence of the government's
use of torture material, and that I was attempting to stop it. It is no wonder that the government is
trying to suppress this.


Compare and Contrast the government's public position on Torture, with the information they
were recieving at the time from their own Ambassador, and the legal advice they were seeking.We have archived a selection of government spin and lies on the use of torture in these 4 pages:

and you can listen to Jack Straw and Tony Blair deny what you read in these hitherto 'secret'
documents here.

What you can do:We have published the documents in full here, and ask that anyone who can will do the same.

If you could publish, host and link to these documents on your own webspace, then it will be
harder for anybody to be prosecuted here in the UK, and ensure that they get maximum coverage.
Craig Murray stood up for what many of us believe, and it cost him his Job, his health, and his
professional reputation. The least we can do his stand by him as he defies the UK government's
attempts at censorship, and possible prosecution.

Craig's own post on the subject can be found here:
Thanks for your help.

Trackback URL for this post: / / / / / / / / / / / .

"As a nation, does the United States have a conscience?

==== report should
be made available in an online format that would allow bloggers to permalink to individual

The .pdf file format is all fine and dandy for printing out and for looking all professional and stuff,
but an online format where bloggers could pull out individual paragraphs and comment on specific
individual paragraphs would be a much more powerful format to present to the blogosphere.
See Dave Winer's blog for example. Notice how at the end of every paragraph there is a # sign
where bloggers can click on the # sign and make a permalink to that paragraph.

That way if a blogger saw any particular sentence of the report that caught his eye or sounded
especially important, that blogger could link to that specific individual paragraph and explain why
he thinks it deserves special attention.

That would be a much more powerful format for presenting this report to the blogosphere than the
.pdf file format in my opinion.

That way one little paragraph could catch fire and spread accross the blogosphere in an instant.

your blog is great. Blogs are becoming more powerful it seems every day. Good work!

Yes I think they are. Ask your representative to follow the good lead of John Conyers and start blogging for you today.

You should link your blog with this one and vice-versa, along with other blogs such as Huffington
Post, Daily Kos, and Brad Blog, to name a few, that way you have a network of blogs to look at
and link up to for information for those who read yoru blogs everyday.
Rusty - if you were able to print a PDF copy, could you find a way to have it distributed?
DailyKos has a text copy of the contents, but since the link went down fast (bandwidth overuse
maybe, if not gov't?), other distribution points of a PDF would be helpful.

(But only if you can do it without committing any kind of felony. Otherwise, just keep any copy
you made safe.)

Hey, how about this one:

DailyKos, joining the efforts of UK Bloggers, has published a copy of the UK Torture Memo that
Downing Street is trying to keep suppressed.
Here's the link:UK Torture Memos

Anyone not at risk for prosecution - print a copy to PDF, and spread it widely. Perhaps the folks
we help in the UK will help us get the rest of the records we're seeking published in a similar way.

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight
when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most
aware of change in the air -- however slight -- lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness." -- Justice William O. Douglas "Dropping bombs from a safe height on an already hard-pressed people, whose infrastructure is in chaos from years of sanctions and who live under an oppressive regime, isn't a 'war'. It's a turkey shoot. " -- Terry Jones

==Gulf War syndrome persists in US troops after 10 years CHICAGO (AFP) - Gulf War syndrome', a debilitating multi-symptom affliction identified in many soldiers after the
1991 conflict in Kuwait, is likely to strike US troops fighting in Iraq, a new study shows.
The syndrome, which proved hard to diagnose because it manifested itself in many different
afflictions, remained widespread among US troops 10 years after the Gulf War ended, according to
the study, lead-authored by Melvin Blanchard, assistant professor of medicine at Washington
University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Blanchard's study will be published in January in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
A comprehensive medical evaluation of some 2,189 Gulf War veterans between 1999 and 2001
found that 28.9 percent of those deployed suffered from the affliction a decade after the war.
read more here:

12/29/2005 Gulf War syndrome persists in US troops after 10 years: study-AFP -
Our Presidents New Best Friend Boils People Alive

See Also: Just Who Is Our New Best Friend This 29 minute video explores the reality of life in

06/26/03: Let me introduce you to our presidents new best friend, President Karimov of

President Karimov government was awarded $500m in aid from the Bush administration in 2002.
The SNB (Uzbekistan's security service) received $79m of this sum.

The U.S. State Department web site states "Uzbekistan is not a democracy and does not have a
free press. Many opponents of the government have fled, and others have been arrested." and
"The police force and the intelligence service use torture as a routine investigation technique."
Now I would like to introduce you to Muzafar Avazov, a 35-year old father of four. Mr Avazov
had a visit from our presidents friends security force (SNB), the photographs below detail the
brutality and inhuman treatment our tax dollars subsidize, with the full knowledge of our president
and his administration.

Muzafar Avazov, body showed signs of burns on the legs, buttocks, lower back and arms. Sixty to
seventy percent of the body was burnt, according to official sources. Doctors who saw the body
reported that such burns could only have been caused by immersing Avazov in boiling water.
Those who saw the body also reported that there was a large, bloody wound on the back of the
head, heavy bruising on the forehead and side of the neck, and that his hands had no fingernails. WARNING

The pictures of Mr. Avazov's body are horrific and should only be viewed by a mature audience

=Leaked documents the UK Government are trying to block under Secrets Act - published
hereLeaked documents the UK Government are trying to block under Secrets Act - published here by caribmon12/29/05 It's not the al-Jazeera Memo, but these are some more documents that the UK Government are trying to suppress with the threat of prosecution under the Official Secrets Act. They detail our use of intelligence extracted by torture, and legal advice the Foreign Office received on the subject, and we need to get them out there as soon as possible before the government act.

See also Our Presidents New Best Friend Boils People Alive

===Leaked documents the UK Government are trying to block under Secrets Act Leaked documents the UK Government are trying to block under Secrets Act - published here:
A Sample:2. Last year the US gave half a billion dollars in aid to Uzbekistan, about a quarter of it military aid.

Bush and Powell repeatedly hail Karimov as a friend and ally. Yet this regime has at least
seven thousand prisoners of conscience; it is a one party state without freedom of speech, without
freedom of media, without freedom of movement, without freedom of assembly, without freedom
of religion. It practices, systematically, the most hideous tortures on thousands. Most of the
population live in conditions precisely analogous with medieval serfdom.

3. Uzbekistan's geo-strategic position is crucial. It has half the population of the whole of Central
Asia. It alone borders all the other states in a region which is important to future Western oil and
gas supplies. It is the regional military power. That is why the US is here, and here to stay.
Contractors at the US military bases are extending the design life of the buildings from ten to
twenty five years.

4. Democracy and human rights are, despite their protestations to the contrary, in practice a long
way down the US agenda here. Aid this year will be slightly less, but there is no intention to
introduce any meaningful conditionality. Nobody can believe this level of aid – more than US aid
to all of West Africa – is related to comparative developmental need as opposed to political support
for Karimov. While the US makes token and low-level references to human rights to appease
domestic opinion, they view Karimov's vicious regime as a bastion against fundamentalism. He –
and they – are in fact creating fundamentalism. When the US gives this much support to a regime
that tortures people to death for having a beard or praying five times a day, is it any surprise that
Muslims come to hate the West?

5. I was stunned to hear that the US had pressured the EU to withdraw a motion on Human Rights in Uzbekistan which the EU was tabling at the UN Commission for Human Rights in Geneva. I
was most unhappy to find that we are helping the US in what I can only call this cover-up. I am
saddened when the US constantly quote fake improvements in human rights in Uzbekistan, such as the abolition of censorship and Internet freedom, which quite simply have not happened (I see
these are quoted in the draft EBRD strategy for Uzbekistan, again I understand at American