The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

That’s What MI5 Is for, After All...

Mar 15, 2010

The following article, from the March 8 issue of Workers Fight, the paper of the British revolutionary workers group, gives a clear picture into this so-called war on terrorism carried out by both the U.S. and Britain.

At the end of February, the Court of Appeal decided to publish previously suppressed evidence that MI5 officers assisted the CIA in torturing Binyam Mohamed in 2002, as part of the so-called “war on terrorism.”

Mohamed, an Ethiopian British resident, was arrested during a visit to Pakistan in 2002 and handed to MI5 for interrogation. He was then “extraordinarily rendered” by CIA plane to Morocco, imprisoned and tortured, before being transferred to a CIA prison in Afghanistan, where he was tortured again. Eighteen months later he arrived in Guantanamo Bay, held for almost eight years until his release this February – obtained only after two hunger strikes – even though all charges against him had already been dropped in October 2008.

Despite MI5's cover-up, its use of torture – directly, or indirectly, it makes no difference – is now exposed in the courts. Nor is this new. Britain's security services have a long record in this respect and not just in Northern Ireland. When it comes to defending the interests of British imperialism, there are no “rules.” And if a few unpleasant truths come out, the only lesson they’ll learn is to be more careful about hiding their dirty tricks in the future.