Wednesday 10 February 2010 21.40 GMT
MI5 faced an unprecedented and damaging crisis tonight after one of the country’s most senior judges found that the Security Service had failed to respect human rights, deliberately misled parliament, and had a “culture of suppression” that undermined government assurances about its conduct.
The condemnation, by Lord Neuberger, the master of the rolls, was drafted shortly before the foreign secretary, David Miliband, lost his long legal battle to suppress a seven-paragraph court document showing that MI5 officers were involved in the ill-treatment of a British resident, Binyam Mohamed.
David Miliband on Former Guantanamo Detainee
C-SPAN Video Library
Feb. 10, 2010
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband addressed the British House of Commons. He spoke about the Court of Appeal ruling against his appeal to block intelligence information disclosure about the alleged torture of British resident alien Binyam Mohamed. Mr. Mohamed was captured in 2002 in Pakistan as a terror suspect and later held at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. He was released with all charges against him dropped in February 2009.