Our people, our problem: Extraditions from UK to the USA
originally by: The Platform
published: July 2012
When the attacks on 9/11 occurred, it is fair to say that they changed everything. Ideologies, beliefs and practices were questioned and scrutinised more than ever before in light of this new era.
The story has been related countless times; how the West stood defiantly against those who attacked freedom and democracy and, particularly, how the UK’s special friendship with the USA was tried and tested.
In George Bush’s memoirs, the reader begins to understand the amicable relationship struck between Blair and Bush, as Bush recounts that Blair’s sense of humour is one of his best traits, and relates that despite the tough decisions, Blair’s position as an ally did not “waver”.
This amicable relationship formed by the two leaders paved the way to further tarnish the human rights records of both countries. From Guantanamo Bay to Bagram Airfield to the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs) in the UK, hand in hand, the UK and USA used a number of measures to ensure that terrorism networks, whose aims were to disrupt and destroy Western economies and societies, would cease to exist.
But what’s more, in an effort to demonstrate the loyal friendship between the UK and US, the Extradition Act was amended in the UK to give the US unprecedented access to British citizens who have allegedly committed offences against the US.
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