On Friday I read a piece by Birmingham Mail columnist, Maureen Messent, that made me feel truly disgusted. In it she supported the use of torture in the so-called ‘War on Terror’ – see http://bit.ly/aB1s1g
I believe torture is abhorrent, absolutely forbidden by international law and will in any case produce unreliable information at the cost of shattering lives forever. It additionally provides a perfect propaganda weapon for al-Qai’da and others. Guantanmo and practices such as rendition make it easy for both terrorists and despotic regimes to say that the US and its allies do not respect human rights. It is true that international terrorism remains a very real threat. But fighting it must never mean throwing away our own values and rights.
I feel Maureen Messent is misguided in her views and fails to stand up for our values of democracy, human rights and respect for both the rules and process of law. If you feel strongly about this issue why not write a letter to the Birmingham Mail firstname.lastname@example.org