An Australian legal view of using information got by torture to lock people up

John Greenwell, a former legal adviser to the Australian government, now retired, and a specialist in international law, has kindly allowed me to put on my website a paper in which he suggests a distinctive approach to the recent majority decision by the English Court of Appeal endorsing the Home Secretary’s startling view that he should be allowed to use information extracted by torture as a basis for locking people up indefinitely and without trial as suspected terrorists under the infamous Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act, 2001, rushed through in the panicky aftermath of 9/11.

See Greenwell’s paper challenging the majority view in the Court of Appeal. For my own view, arriving at the same conclusion but by a different, layman’s route, see my letter in The Times. If you have opinions on these issues, why not put them in a ‘Comment’ at the foot of this post?

PS (12 Oct 04): Please now see a related new entry in this blog and my article on the subject in the Guardian of 12 October 2004.


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