MP Sir Robert Smith showed his support for victims of human rights abuse last week by taking part in Amnesty UK’s Write4Rights campaign.
Write for Rights is Amnesty International’s annual global letter writing marathon.
Every December, Amnesty supporters write millions of messages for people whose human rights are under threat, have been taken away or are being abused.
The Liberal Democrat parliamentarian for West Abderdeenshire and Kincardine has a record of opposing stricter terror laws which the Blair and Brown Labour government scaremongered through the commons in the early 2000s.
The full scale of how the United States used torture as an everyday tool in their exported ‘war on terror’ was presented to the world last week.
On a day of shame for the West, a United States Senate investigation revealed the sadistic abuse of detainees in a network of secret prisons around the world.
The report has been described as ‘a stain on the values and conscience’ of the US has triggered demands for a similar, full-scale inquiry in Britain to uncover its own secrets.
One prisoner suffered such abuse by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) torturers that he was unable to speak and placed on life support.
A fellow inmate was chained almost naked to the floor and died from hypothermia.
Another was hung by his arms from an iron bar for 22 hours.
The shadowy agency, who worked closely with MI5, MI6 and the Blair Government, repeatedly lied and misled the White House, Congress and the public about its so-called ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’.
The report also revealed that agents also lied about how the use of Cold War techniques had produced information which helped foil attacks in Britain.
The 499-page report was extremely redacted, with all references to the British security services and Diego Garcia, a British base, known to have been used for rendition flights, blacked out.
MPs said there appeared to have been a ‘pact of non-aggression’ between governments and it was impossible to know what had been left out.
See www.amnesty.org.uk/issues/Write-for-Rights-2014 for more info.