Monday, May 26, 2008

Habib's Torture: Howard Knew, Did Nothing

ASIO, the AFP and the Howard government were all fully aware:
Mr O'Sullivan said Australian officials in Pakistan formed the view on October 22, 2001, that Mr Habib might be "rendered" — transferred to a third country for interrogation — and conveyed concerns to Canberra.

A meeting in Canberra the next day — attended by then ASIO director-general Denis Richardson and senior representatives of the Federal Police and three government departments — decided that Australia would oppose his rendition...

Mr O'Sullivan confirmed the outcome of the officials' meeting was communicated through senior levels of government on a "need-to-know" basis. "Such intelligence material would routinely be distributed to the prime minister's office — to whomever the staffer in the prime minister's office who is charged with handling such material," he said.
None of them did anything to stop it. All of them assisted in the cover-up.