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Sliced his Genitals with a Scalpel? Waterboarding was the Least of it

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Think Progress has found a London Daily Telegraph article that will make your blood run cold. Remember last week the British High Court ruled that documents describing  the treatment of Binyam Mohamed, a British resident and prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, could not be released to the public because the Bush Administration had threatened to stop sharing intelligence with England ? 

Story not true.

UK government suppressed evidence on Binyam Mohamed torture because MI6 helped his interrogators

So when the Britsh Foreign Secretary asked the court to withold information it was to hide this:

A British official, who is regularly briefed on intelligence operations, said: "The concern was that the document revealed that intelligence from the British agencies was used by the Americans and that there were British questions asked while Binyam Mohamed was being tortured.

"Miliband is being pushed hard by the intelligence agencies to protect the identity of those involved."

The 25 lines edited out of the court papers contained details of how Mr Mohamed’s genitals were sliced with a scalpel and other torture methods so extreme that waterboarding, the controversial technique of simulated drowning, "is very far down the list of things they did," the official said.

[emphasis added]

Got that? Waterboarding is not even the #2 most evil thing the did.

NO ONE can tell me with a straight face that the monsters who perpetrated these acts could possibly have believed for a nano second–batshit crazy John Yoo memos or no–that this was not a crime.

This debunks the good faith reliance on legal opinions defense–flat out. And if federal prosecutors feel squeamish about arguing that to a jury, I don’t.

Hell, I would even feel confident arguing that to a jury in the federal courthouse in Manhattan.

You know, the courthouse that is a short stroll away from Ground Zero? You know, the courthouse that would draw a jury pool full of people who know exactly how horrible the attacks of 9/11 really were? I have confidence that those New Yorkers would recoil, just as I do, at the thought that these atrocities were carried out in their names, and would vote to convict those who betrayed our nation’s honor and human values in such a depraved way.

Let me repeat, because this is important, the Binyam Mohammed documents negate the "good faith reliance on a legal opinion" defense; both for the guys with the scalpels (and whatever else they did that was "worse than waterboarding" [shudder]) AND for the guys that ordered them to do it.

Remember, Cheney said that they ordered each technique individually from the White House.

Twenty-seventh in a series on torture and the law.

[Editor’s note: The photo by takomabibelot features a banner created and designed by Firedoglake reader BonnieT of Austin, Texas, where she operates]

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