Monday, July 30, 2007

Coincidental rendition

How unfortunate: on the same day that new British Prime Minister Gordon Brown visited the States to pay lip service to the benefits of the US and UK working together, comes this excellent report in The Register on the perils of our secret services doing just that.

In short, it says that when British spooks tell their American counterparts about people doing vaguely suspicious things (such as being a bit Asian), said suspects have a tendency to disappear to the darkest corners of the earth, courtesy of the CIA's enforced holiday programme - even when this is specifically requested not to happen. So, MI6 ends up with the choice of either becoming complicit in illegal acts, or keeping shtum about people it suspects may be involved with terrorism.

Insert generic "special relationship" joke here: ___________ .

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