Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/new_lead_story.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/new_lead_story.shtml en-gb 30 Wed 20 Aug 2014 21:05:37 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/new_lead_story.shtml lucien desgai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/new_lead_story.shtml?page=88#comment8 7 Harry-RightMany of the 'aliens' interned during world war 2 were German Jewish refugees. They were released after a reasonably short period, Churchill himself acknowledged the error of locking up people who were loyal supporters of Britain and its war effort. By contrast the leader of the British Union of Fascists, Oswald Mosley, was interned until the end of 1943 ... but then he had long been a supporter of Britain's Nazi enemy. Thu 01 Jul 2010 05:50:34 GMT+1 bigbertie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/new_lead_story.shtml?page=77#comment7 Binyam Mohamed shouldn't have been allowed into my country in the first place. That doesn't mean he or anyone else should be tortured. The United Kingdom should want to be better than its enemies. As for compensation he can have his bus fare back to Ethiopia and no more. Wed 30 Jun 2010 17:13:25 GMT+1 Henry Gordon http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/new_lead_story.shtml?page=66#comment6 I don't understand why the Guantanamo detainees do not take their action against the people who actually (allegedly) tortured them, their fellow Muslims in Morocco, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, or against the government of the United States, who arranged for their transfer to those countries. Why do we not hear more about why they were arrested in the first place, what they were planning to do etc? Were they not planning to attack the United Kingdom, the country which has given them or their parents, sanctuary together with a higher standard of living, and superior human rights to those which were available to them in their countries of origin? What sort of gratitude is this? Why does the judicial system in our country not make any distinction between its loyal citizens and its avowed enemies? The legal purists say that we should exclude all such considerations from our minds, ignoring what they were planning to do, etc, but is this justified? During the second world war all aliens together with those suspected of espionage, or subversive activity, were interned for the duration of the war, often on the flimsiest evidence or no evidence at all. We are faced with the prospect of a long and potentially damaging enquiry which is being carried out at the behest of, and for the benefit of, suspected terrorists. As in the case of the IRA, these people are using our own high standards of justice as a stick to beat us with. Wed 30 Jun 2010 16:05:07 GMT+1 Idont Believeit http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/new_lead_story.shtml?page=55#comment5 Which brand of Inquiry would this be? The type that whitewashes or the type that tells the 'truth' either many years after the event or to suit the current political flavour?Most 'independent' Inquiries tend to find exactly what those who set them up intended. If there is any political advantage to be gained (a.k.a. it was all the fault of the last lot[whoever they were]or we no longer want to support/demonise a particular group) then no doubt we will get the full exposé. Tue 29 Jun 2010 20:32:18 GMT+1 Walrus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/new_lead_story.shtml?page=44#comment4 Completely agree with it including the offer of compensation. That said, it brings an interesting comparison with payments in the Gulf of Mexico. If you compare them, then surely Obama and the US Govt should be funding them. After all they did the torturing, they were the main contractor and they received the product. The UK (like Haliburton) just provided the "cement".Perhaps we should have a parliamentary committee questioning those responsible in the US?Anyway didn't Obama say he was closing Guantanamo and cleaning it all up! Tue 29 Jun 2010 17:47:29 GMT+1 Rob04 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/new_lead_story.shtml?page=33#comment3 There should be an inquiry into this aspect of security but why did they never do this in Ireland Nick? Closer to home eh... Tue 29 Jun 2010 17:22:07 GMT+1 Alan_N http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/new_lead_story.shtml?page=22#comment2 Not before time, but better late than never. Tue 29 Jun 2010 16:48:59 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/new_lead_story.shtml?page=11#comment1 I welcome this development. Tue 29 Jun 2010 16:42:04 GMT+1 David Traynier http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/new_lead_story.shtml?page=0#comment0 He may not have been the calmest or most polished speaker but that chap speaking from Parliament Square just now was basically right about the latest crackdown on the scant shreds of democracy this country has enjoyed.I expect he was chosen by some researcher precisely for his weaknesses since the media, including the BBC, unerringly focus on the least articulate elements of the pro-democracy and peace movements. Nevertheless, the content came across and I hope impressed the careful listener more than the blandishments of Boris's polished PR minion. Tue 29 Jun 2010 16:36:20 GMT+1