Diplomatic Immunity to Documents!

Flag of the British Indian Ocean Territory Fra...

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More than 2,000 islanders were evicted from the British colony of Diego Garcia known as the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) in the 1960s and 70s. Their claim of repatriation or resettlement on the ground of Human rights violation has been rejected by European Union. It appears that in 2009 UK also imposed a marine protected area (MPA) declaration over the island to plan to set up the marine park on 55 islands but it is alleged that real motive was to prevent the islanders from returning there. An US cable, recently released on WikiLeaks supports the fact that MPA declaration was for oblique motives. This cable quotes Colin Roberts, Commissioner to BIOT, as expressing satisfaction that after MPA, notification there would be no ‘human footprint’ of ‘Man Friday’ over the island.
The UK law, as it stands, provide for Judicial Review of any executive decision on the ground of arbitrariness i.e., the real reason for taking the decision was not germane to the object. It is also called the test of Wednesbury’s arbitrariness. It appears that High Court of UK has denied use of these documents as evidence on the basis of diplomatic immunity. Continue reading

CIA Red Cell Memorandum on United States “exporting terrorism”, 2 Feb 2010

USA exporting Terrorism

This CIA “Red Cell” report from February 2, 2010, looks at what will happen if it is internationally understood that the United States is an exporter of terrorism; ‘Contrary to common belief, the American export of terrorism or terrorists is not a recent phenomenon, nor has it been associated only with Islamic radicals or people of Middle Eastern, African or South Asian ethnic origin. This dynamic belies the American belief that our free, open and integrated multicultural society lessens the allure of radicalism and terrorism for US citizens.’ The report looks at a number cases of US exported terrorism, including attacks by US based or financed Jewish, Muslim and Irish-nationalism terrorists. It concludes that foreign perceptions of the US as an “Exporter of Terrorism” together with US double standards in international law, may lead to noncooperation in renditions (including the arrest of CIA officers) and the decision to not share terrorism related intelligence with the United States. (Source: CIA Red Cell Memorandum on United States “exporting terrorism”, 2 Feb 2010)

Rightly said that two enemies start to look alike, over a period of time.