MI5 chief denies torture cover-up

In a very rare move, the head of MI5 Jonathan Evans rejects the charge of covering up complicity in torture as “ the opposite of the truth”, while careful to avoid direct criticism of the Appeal Court.

There have also been a series of allegations that MI5 has been trying to “cover up” its activities. That is the opposite of the truth. People who choose to work in the service do so because they want to protect the UK and its liberties. We are an accountable public organisation and take our legal and oversight responsibilities seriously. The material our critics are drawing on to attack us is taken from our own records, not prised from us by some external process but willingly provided by us to the court, in the normal way. No cover-up there.

  • RobertNoonan

    Hello See below another damming report of the failed country which is called the United Kingdom.

  • Barack Obama’s spokesman:

    “We’re deeply disappointed with the court’s judgment because we shared this information in confidence and with certain expectations”

    President John F Kennedy:

    “The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.”

  • Rory Carr

    A spokesman for Ms Goldilocks earlier today issued the following statement on her behalf:

    “Ms Goldilocks has a proud record of being opposed to the ingestion of porridge and considers eating porrige to be reprehensible and against all the civilised standards of dietary practice to which she is signed up and most certainly was not complicit in depriving the Three Bears of their supper.

    Although she may have been aware that her American cousin, Ms Pollyanna may have had some complicity in the incident that led to the complaint from the Three Bears, Ms Goldilocks had a duty of familial loyalty to Ms Pollyanna which it would have been quite improper for her to betray.

    While she regrets any harm occasioned to the Three Bears by the alleged loss of their porridge, Ms Goldilocks wishes to point out that it cannot be stressed too much what a danger fundamentalist bears represent to the whole Toytown community, a danger that was all too well demonstrated in the horrendous destruction of two of the Little Pigs’ houses by the Bear terrorist off-shoot known as Big Bad Wolf.”

  • fatrex.savage

    Regarding yesterdays comments from Jonathan Evans on covering up torture quite frankly they are laughable in the extreme. Last time I checked MI6 had responsibility for external security. That aside here again we have another example of the collective amnesia exercised by the British establishment when it comes to convictions for torture.
    Given that in 1977 the British government was convicted of “Torture,inhumane and degrading treatment “of prisoners in N Ireland in 1977.Binyam Mohamed , extraordinary rendition, nothing new here.