Former British Ambassador Craig Murray says the “war on terror” resulted in tradeoffs in which the Bush administration and its British allies tolerated torture and other human rights crimes by Uzbekistan in exchange for its support in combating militant Islam in Central Asia.
As the senior British diplomat in Uzbekistan in 2002, Murray uncovered evidence of widespread torture and stumbled upon the CIA’s practice of “extraordinary renditions.” When he protested to London, he quickly became persona non grata with Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government and with the Bush administration.
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Murray’s promising career was derailed as he was forced out of the British Foreign Service. [To read more about Murray’s experiences, see Consortiumnews.com’s “How a Torture Protest Killed a Career.”]
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