Miliband wants UK Government interrogation policy kept secret

June 17th, 2009 - 12:58 pm ICT by ANI  

Gordon Brown London, June 17 (ANI): British Foreign Secretary, David Miliband has told Members of Parliament that he will not allow the public access to the government’s secret interrogation policy.

Acknowledging that Prime Minister Gordon Brown has ordered that the policy be rewritten after receiving a series of complaints, Miliband, however told MPs on the Commons foreign affairs select committee that he has no intention of making public the policy as it currently stands.

He said that doing so would prejudice a number of ongoing court cases.

Pressed further, The Guardian quoted him, as saying that the currently policy would not be published even once those court cases have concluded, as to do so would “lend succour to our enemies”.

He added that the policy had been reviewed by the Intelligence and Security Committee, the group of MPs and peers who are supposed to oversee the activities of Britain’s intelligence agencies, and that the ISC was able to “square the circle between secrecy and accountability”.

Miliband admitted that the co-operation between MI5 and MI6 with foreign security and intelligence agencies during counter terrorism operations could risk detainees being mistreated. (ANI)

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