UK Complicit in US Torture Programme?
Some members of the British Parliament believe British overseas territories have been used for the torture of terror suspects. Robert Verkaik, Law Editor of The Independent, examines the evidence
Diego Garcia, a tropical island located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, has long since given up its once-cherished status as a paradise destination. The last remaining coconut plantations were uprooted in the 1970s to make way for a US military base which is now home to nearly 2,000 American personnel.
At the height of the Cold War, the island’s key role was to provide a home for US Air Force bombers and Awacs surveillance planes, as well as serve as a satellite-tracking station and communications facility. But independent military experts believe that, since 9/11, this horseshoe-shaped atoll has become the sinister destination for terror suspects who have undergone “extraordinary rendition”.