Saturday, January 21, 2006

Torture Flights. Controlling the Spin

The newspapers eg, ,The Herald, Independent, and Scotsman are giving the New Statesman's scoop big licks.

The leaked document does make it quite clear that deliberate policy of ignorance to detail has been used to cover government complicity in the torture flights.

They want to hide behind the fact that the US has tried to redefine what is torture. But another thing which is clear is that advice was given to ministers to do all that they can to prevent any doubt being cast on the principle of government assurances. The British government seeks assurances from foreign governments that anyone the UK sends to other countries, eg Algeria, etc, will not be tortured.

In other words Diplomatic assurances are a sham. We did already know that to be the case but there it is, in black and white.

Spin. There's another word which has entered our everyday language. We used to say lie. Ex President Nixon suggested that 'economical with the truth' might be a useful phrase to employ as a way out of admitting that he lied.

Let's drop spin. Spin is lying by ommission.


Blogger HW said...

Actually it was not President Nixon who employed the phrase "economical with the truth". I think that you will find that the phrase goes back to a Cabinet Secretary, Robert Armstrong, who used it in the context of the Spycatcher trial.

And, to confirm my pedantry, "omission" has only one 'm'.

4:40 pm  
Blogger Denise said...

Thank you for that contribution HW.

8:39 am  
Blogger Denise said...

I will use this site

the next time I want to attribute a quote.

8:43 am  

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