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chief says MI6 would rather allow terrorist attack than encourage torture
10-28-2010, 01:49 PM,
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chief says MI6 would rather allow terrorist attack than encourage torture
Quote:Sir John Sawers told the Society of Editors in London that the Secret Intelligence Service faced "real constant operational dilemmas" over whether to use intelligence that had been gathered using torture.

The 55 year-old former diplomat said:"Torture is illegal and abhorrent under any circumstances and we have nothing whatsoever to do with it.

"If we know or believe action by us will lead to torture taking place, we're required by UK and international law to avoid that action, and we do, even though that allows that terrorist activity to go ahead."

He went on to say: "Some may question this. But we are clear that it's the right thing to do. It makes us strive even harder to find different ways, consistent with human rights, to get the outcome we want.

"Suppose we received credible intelligence that might save lives, here or abroad. We have a professional and moral duty to act on it. We will normally want to share it with those who can save those lives," he said.

He said that ideally MI6 would try to guarantee that any partner agency respected human rights but that this was not always possible.

He explained: "We also have a duty to do what we can to ensure that a partner service will respect human rights. That is not always straightforward.

"Yet if we hold back, and don't pass that intelligence, out of concern that a suspect terrorist may be badly treated, innocent lives may be lost that we could have saved.

"These are not abstract questions just for philosophy courses or searching editorials, they are real, constant operational dilemmas. Sometimes there is no clear way forward. The more finely-balanced judgment have to be made by ministers themselves."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/8092490/Sir-John-Sawers-chief-says-MI6-would-rather-allow-terrorist-attack-than-encourage-torture.html
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10-28-2010, 04:21 PM,
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RE: chief says MI6 would rather allow terrorist attack than encourage torture
Quote:"Yet if we hold back, and don't pass that intelligence, out of concern that a suspect terrorist may be badly treated, innocent lives may be lost that we could have saved.

Sounds like something Jack Bauer would say in 24. The 4th branch promoted technological surveillance, drones, distrust/paranoia and constant brutal righteous torture, but at least it was an entertaining and engaging program for the masses to CONsume.
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