Thursday, February 21, 2008

UK Admits, Apologizes for "Renderings" of Terrorists

The BBC reports:

David Miliband has admitted two US 'extraordinary rendition' flights landed on UK territory in 2002. The foreign secretary said in both cases US planes refuelled on the UK dependent territory of Diego Garcia. He said he was "very sorry" to have to say that previous denials made in "good faith" were now having to be corrected.

Mr Miliband said the US had told him that neither of the two men involved in the rendition were British, neither left the plane and the US had "assured" him that no US detainees were ever held on Diego Garcia. One of the men involved has since been released and one is at Guantanamo Bay. We both agree that the mistakes made in these two cases are not acceptable.

Mr Miliband said the UK had been told neither of them had been involved in "secret detention centres" nor were subject to water boarding "or other similar forms of interrogation".
He said US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice shared his "deep regret" about mistakes in the two cases.


'Deep regret'? The only 'regret' that Rice has is that it has been made public and that her lies have been revealed.

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