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Back and causing difficulties
Tony Blair was interviewed by Sky TV over the weekend on his return from talks with George Bush. Adam Boulton, Sky's political editor, asked him if any progress had been made on releasing the four Britons still detained in Guantanamo Bay. Here is Blair's reply:
I have a pretty low opinion of our prime minister's truthfulness, but this is a gobsmacking smear even by his standards. The five British Guantanamo detainees sent home so far are under 24-hour surveillance (one of them has been "worrying" police, apparently). None have been arrested, let alone charged with anything.
Nevertheless, Blair tells us they have been "causing difficulties". What on earth could he mean? Gareth Peirce, solicitor for three of the British detainees, provides a compelling interpretation:
A relative of Tarek Dergoul, a 26 year old ex-detainee from East London, points out:
The creepiest aspect of Blair's slur is his casual, matey "as you know". It's unclear whether the "you" was addressed to Boulton, signalling secret knowledge shared by a political and journalistic elite.
Or perhaps it was addressed at all of us, a tacit instruction that we should all "know" that disabled, traumatised torture victims constitute a threat to "our own security". Muslims are the enemy within, after all. Everybody "knows" that.