James Forsyth

Dominic Grieve should copy Barack Obama on torture

Dominic Grieve should copy Barack Obama on torture
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Barack Obama announced yesterday that there will be no prosecutions of those CIA operatives who interrogated suspects using sanctioned methods that the US government now repudiates as torture. I think this is the right call. It would be, and I realise this is a subject where people get particularly passionate for understandable reasons, wrong to punish those who work on the front line for decisions taken by people in DC.

Dominic Grieve made some very strong statements during the Binyham Mohamed which caused some disquiet in intelligence circles. I think it would be a sensible step for him to say that while a Conservative government will not endorse torture and will take steps to ensure that it does not happen, it will not allow the public prosecution of anyone who used methods and techniques that the government had either implicitly or explicitly sanctioned.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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