17 November 2010

Spooks again

The Guardian reports:

The work of Britain's security services will be permanently hidden from court hearings under plans designed to prevent a repeat of the million-pound payouts this week to Guantánamo Bay detainees.

A government green paper, which the justice secretary, Kenneth Clarke, yesterday told MPs would be published next summer, will contain specific proposals designed to prevent the courts from releasing the kind of information that has emerged from recent Guantánamo cases in the English courts. "It will absolutely eliminate [the possibility of] the process happening again," a well-placed Whitehall official claimed last night.

I suppose that it would be naive to suggest that there is an easier way - whereby MI5 and MI6 behaved themselves properly by avoiding any danger of complicity in torture and abuse.

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