British intelligence officers witnessed prisoners being tortured and played an active part in the rendition of terror suspects into the hands of the secret police of brutal regimes knowing that they faced inhuman treatment – a damning official report has revealed.
The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) concluded that British authorities turned a blind eye to the routine mistreatment of detainees by US authorities.
The committee said UK intelligence agencies knew it was going on from an early point.
MPs found that British spies had seen detainees being mistreated at least 13 times and were told by prisoners on 25 other occasions that they were being mistreated.
On another 128 occasions they were told of mistreatment by foreign agencies.
But despite knowing of the abuse the UK agencies continued to supply questions for interrogations.
The committee found there were 232 cases when this took place despite the knowledge or strong suspicion that the information was being obtained by torture or other abuse.