"UK government pays millions to tortured Libyan to conceal its crimes" (Julie Hyland, WSWS):
The British government has agreed to pay £2.23 million to Libyan Sami al-Saadi, his wife and four young children who were kidnapped with the aid of MI6 and rendered to Tripoli. Saadi was imprisoned and tortured for years by the former regime of Muammar Gaddafi.
The settlement comes after the Saadi family, along with Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his pregnant wife, had in June issued formal legal proceedings in the High Court in London against former Labour Party Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and Sir Mark Allen, the former head of counter-terrorism at MI6.
The proceedings alleged that Straw and Allen were complicit “in torture and/or inhuman and degrading treatment; conspiracy to injure; conspiracy to use unlawful means; misfeasance in public office and/or negligence”.
In 2004, Saadi was a leading member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group in exile in China. The LIFG, like Al Qaeda, was founded by members of the CIA-backed Islamist Mujahedin who fought against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s. It had staged a series of attempts to overthrow Gaddafi in the 1990s.
In China, Saadi had contact with British intelligence, which, he alleges, lured him and his family to Hong Kong, supposedly for a meeting with the British High Commission about transferring to the UK. Instead, his family—including children aged six, nine, 11 and 13—were abducted in a joint UK/US operation. Hooded, handcuffed and their legs tied with wire, they were rendered to Tripoli and turned over to Gaddafi’s security forces.
The Libyan War is illegal and it's amazing that the US isn't having to pay off people as well. (Then again, they may be doing that and we just don't know yet.)
I really do not get how so many people continued to support Barack after the Libyan War. But look at Dennis Kucinich, even he couldn't really talk a big game while floating impeachment. Even the great talker (and do nothinger) Dennis couldn't raise any outrage.
There is so much suppressed outrage in this country right now that it feels like it's going to pop at any moment. When it does, Barack better watch out because once people admit the emperor has no clothes on, you can't trick them like that again.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):