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British High Court Finds US Guilty of Torturing Binyam Mohamed

Jim White correctly concludes "Barack Obama and Eric Holder now are required to act."

A decision of a British High Court certainly would qualify as "reasonable ground to believe" that CIDT [cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment] has occurred in the case of Binyam Mohamed and that it was at the hands of "United States authorities".

Article 12 of the Convention Against Torture:

Article 12 - Each State Party shall ensure that its competent authorities proceed to a prompt and impartial investigation, wherever there is reasonable ground to believe that an act of torture has been committed in any territory under its jurisdiction.

A portion of President Ronald Reagan’s statement on submitting the Convention Against Torture to the Senate after he signed it in 1988:

The United States participated actively and effectively in the negotiation of the Convention . It marks a significant step in the development during this century of international measures against torture and other inhuman treatment or punishment. Ratification of the Convention by the United States will clearly express United States opposition to torture, an abhorrent practice unfortunately still prevalent in the world today.

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....this is not just proof that the US was engaging in torture before they got their CYA memo authorizing such torture. But it was proof that they were using Mohamed, in addition to Abu Zubaydah, as guinea pigs to test out that torture.

This proves the entire myth told to explain the torture memos (and Abu Zubaydah’s treatment) to be a lie. LINK

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