UK lawmakers demand release of British detainee at Gitmo
The campaign, called ‘We Stand with Shaker’ urged Prime Minister David Cameron to “pick up the phone to [US] President [Barack] Obama, and bring Shaker Aamer home.”
Aamer is a Saudi Arabian national with residency in Britain.
“What the US would like to do with Mr Aamer is irrelevant, as the British government has a non-negotiable responsibility to secure the return of Mr Aamer, given his status as a legal British resident,” the letter read.
It went on to say: “We can find no reason why, given the special relationship between our two countries, the PM cannot call President Obama and tell him that Mr Aamer must be returned to the UK as swiftly as possible.”
This is while Gordon Duff, the senior editor of VT, has told Press TV’s UK Desk that he does not “think the British government has ever taken a role of confronting the US about Guantanamo. They have as many secrets involved in the rendition program as anyone else.”
Duff said: “We get almost no news [out of Britain as it] has a very secretive government and no public press whatsoever. Britain is heavily involved and has been from the beginning not only in the rendition program but Britain’s internal politics has been involved in large scale blackmail.”
“These stories are continually being deflected and ignored and not leading to the truth that Britain has a totally penetrated and utterly corrupt government,” he went on to say.
Britain’s Guantanamo detainee is accused of having worked for al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and that he was a key recruiter in Britain, and supporter of the militant group. Aamer was captured in Afghanistan in December 2001 and was transferred to Guantanamo in February 2002.
Meanwhile, the UK MPs’ petition said Aamer had been cleared for release twice by US authorities, in 2007 and 2009, but this had never gone ahead and that there may be plans to deport him to Saudi Arabia.
“From there, Mr Aamer would be unable to talk about the torture and abuse he has witnessed and personally experienced during his long imprisonment,” it said.
The petition comes after the release of a damning US Senate report into the CIA’s torture of the so-called terror suspects.
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.