Sunday, August 03, 2003

Tony Blair is a coward. 

God forbid that the British detainees in Guatanamo Bay, would be afforded anything close to real justice. As far as Tony Blair is concerned, they need not be brought back to England where they just might be released due to a lack of evidence, nothing too, too important. And we wouldn't want to embarass the British government, least of all Tony Blair, by anthing amounting to real justice for the British detainees at Guatanamo Bay.

Not only is Blair a coward, his priorities are up his arse-hole. From the Agonist originally, this Telegraph.co.uk article:

The Government has told America that it does not want the Britons held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to be returned for trial in Britain.

Whitehall officials say that the message that Britain does not want its nine detainees returned was conveyed privately to President George W. Bush during the recent visit to Washington by Tony Blair.

The decision comes after advice from government lawyers that it would be very hard to mount a successful prosecution in Britain because of the difficulty in obtaining evidence that is admissible in court. There are also fears that any public trial in Britain would force the disclosure of intelligence operations against al-Qa'eda in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

The Government is also concerned that the collapse of a prosecution in Britain would anger the public and be politically damaging.

A Whitehall aide said: "The Prime Minister made clear to the president that it was unlikely the men would face trial in Britain and that it could be embarrassing if they were released on their return after the US had branded them as major players in a terrorist network."