Jamal Al-Harith case

Shami Chakrabarti in the Evening Standard, ‘. . . it remains our belief that lengthy detention without charge or trial and interrogation techniques involving torture  are not just unjust in principle but devastatingly counter-productive to the cause of fighting terrorism and hate. They allow our enemies to label us as hypocrites and oppressors and sap the moral authority that belongs to the democratic way. Whether first in Northern Ireland or later in Guantanamo, I believe that far from preventing terrorism, policies of internment have been its unwitting recruiting sergeant.

Imagine that you are a young idealist, radical or hothead of whatever persuasion. You may or may not believe in violent struggle in support of your deeply held cause. But then you are taken prisoner on or off the street or battlefield. You are incarcerated, interrogated and tortured, possibly over a period of years. If you weren’t angry before this experience, you are highly likely to be embittered and inflamed afterwards. And the longer the ordeal, the worse it is likely to be.

And what about your family, community or others of your faith or politics? Even if they are not actively radicalised at the sight of your treatment, are they likely to be active friends and supporters of our much needed police and security agencies as a result?’ click here.