Blair Scandal: 'Former British PM fully briefed on CIA torture, interrogation program' [PressTV]
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Former British prime minister Tony Blair was fully aware of the CIA's secret kidnapping and interrogation program after the September 11 attacks in the US.
A security source has told the British daily The Telegraph that Blair and his foreign secretary Jack Straw were kept informed by M-I-6 every step of the way. The source said that Blair and Straw were fully briefed on torture techniques such as waterboarding and stress positions as well as extrajudicial renditions. According to the source, they were also shown the US government's legal opinions on the practices, but failed to do anything to stop them. The source also echoed comments by the then M-I-6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove who said the agency's cooperation with the CIA was a political decision.