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So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
4chan, AltaVista, Berlin Wall, Broken windows theory, Burning Man, Clive Stafford Smith, cognitive dissonance, Desert Island Discs, don't be evil, Donald Trump, Google Hangouts, illegal immigration, Menlo Park, PageRank, Ralph Nader, Rosa Parks, Silicon Valley, Skype, Steve Jobs, urban planning, WikiLeaks
I’ve worked on dark stories before - stories about innocent people losing their lives to the FBI, about banks hounding debtors until they commit suicide - but although I felt sorry for those people I wouldn’t feel the dread snake its way into me in the way these shaming stories had. I’d leave Jonah and Michael and Justine feeling nervous and depressed. And so it was a nice surprise to receive an email from Richard Branson’s sister Vanessa inviting me to appear at a salon of talks at her Marrakech palace / holiday home / hotel, the Riad El Fenn. ‘Other speakers,’ she emailed, ‘include Clive Stafford Smith - human rights lawyer. David Chipperfield - architect. Hans Ulrich Obrist - Serpentine curator. Redha Moali - rags-to-riches Algerian arts entrepreneur.’ I googled her Riad. It ‘combines grandeur and historic architecture with hideaway nooks, terraces and gardens’ and is ‘just five minutes’ walk from the world-famous Djemaa el Fna square and bustling maze of streets that make up the souk’.
I was feeling tired and jittery and less languid than the others, who were dressed in white linens and seemed carefree. Then I heard a noise. I looked up from my book. Vanessa Branson was rushing across the courtyard to welcome someone new. He too was dressed in linen and was tall and thin, with the gait of a British man of privilege. He might have been a diplomat. After a few minutes he bounded over to me. ‘I’m Clive Stafford Smith,’ he said. I knew a little about him from his interview on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs - about how he was all set for a life in British society until one day at his boarding school he saw a drawing in a book of Joan of Arc being burned at the stake and realized she looked like his sister. So in his twenties he became a death row lawyer in Mississippi, and has been defending death row and Guantanamo prisoners ever since.
Ayatollah Khomeini, banking crisis, Bernie Madoff, Clive Stafford Smith, collateralized debt obligation, crack epidemic, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, David Brooks, deskilling, financial deregulation, full employment, high net worth, income inequality, Julian Assange, nuremberg principles, Ponzi scheme, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, too big to fail, Washington Consensus, WikiLeaks
But as that ruling was about to be released—and the world about to learn the details of Mohamed’s abuse at the hands of his American captors—the British government warned the court that British national security would be severely jeopardized if these details were disclosed. Specifically, the British government said, the Obama administration had issued a threat: if the British court disclosed the facts of Mohamed’s torture, U.S. intelligence agencies would no longer pass on to Britain any information about terrorist plots aimed at British citizens. In April 2009, I interviewed the British international law expert Clive Stafford Smith, who was representing Mohamed in the British proceedings. In his view, the Obama administration’s extraordinary effort to force British courts to conceal evidence of torture was in itself probably a criminal act. It is clear that there has now been a threat, and indeed the judges say eight times in the latest opinion, that the British government was threatened with sanctions if they were to release evidence of torture.
See also equality under the law Rule of Law Index Rumsfeld, Donald Russia Rwanda Salmon, Felix Salomon Smith Barney Salon Sandinistas Sasson, Theodore Savage, Charlie Schumer, Chuck Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Seidenberg, Ivan sentencing, mandatory minimums Sentencing Project Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals sex offenders Shaw, Bernard Sherman Antitrust Act (1890) Shia Islam Shorrock, Tim Shreveport, Louisiana Sifton, John Sirota, David Slate slavery Smith, Clive Stafford Smith, Francis X. Smith, William French Smith, Yves Somin, Ilya Soud, A. C. Souter, David South America South Korea Spain Sprint Standard Oil Starkman, Dean State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices domestic eavesdropping and Iran-Contra and torture and WikiLeaks release of cables of states criminal justice spending prison sentences and state secrets State Sponsors of Terrorism List Stengel, Rick Stephanopoulos, George Stern, Vivien Stettner, Andrew Steward, Martha Stiglitz, Joseph Stored Communications Act Strigl, Dennis Sullivan, Andrew Summers, Larry Sunlight Foundation Swanson, David Sweden Syria Taguba, Antonio Taibbi, Matt Talking Points Memo (Web site) Talvi, Silja J.
The Defence of the Realm by Christopher Andrew
anti-communist, Ayatollah Khomeini, Berlin Wall, British Empire, Clive Stafford Smith, collective bargaining, credit crunch, cuban missile crisis, Desert Island Discs, Etonian, Fall of the Berlin Wall, glass ceiling, illegal immigration, job satisfaction, large denomination, liquidationism / Banker’s doctrine / the Treasury view, Mahatma Gandhi, Mikhail Gorbachev, North Sea oil, Red Clydeside, Robert Hanssen: Double agent, Ronald Reagan, strikebreaker, Torches of Freedom, traveling salesman, union organizing, uranium enrichment, V2 rocket, Vladimir Vetrov: Farewell Dossier, Winter of Discontent
From May 2006 MI5 staff also had the option of consulting a part-time ‘ethics counsellor’ within the Service, who had the rank of director and guaranteed confidentiality to those who came to see him.75 Though not many did so (fewer than twenty over the next two years), there is no evidence that staff with ethical concerns felt inhibited from raising them.76 The most controversial case involving allegations that the Security Service connived in the use of torture is that of Binyam Mohamed al-Habashi, an Ethiopian and British resident arrested in Pakistan in 2002 who claims he was moved by US ‘extraordinary rendition’ operations to Morocco and Afghanistan before being interned in Guantánamo in 2004. While in Guantánamo, Mohamed told his British lawyer Clive Stafford Smith that British officials had interrogated him after his arrest in Pakistan and that ‘one of them did tell me that I was going to get tortured by the [Arabs].’ He also claimed that he was later tortured by the Moroccans, told that ‘they were working with the British Security Service’ and ‘asked questions, containing details about his life that could only have come from UK sources’. In evidence to the Intelligence and Security Committee in 2006, Manningham-Buller denied that the Security Service officer who had questioned Binyam Mohamed in Pakistan had told him he would be tortured or that he had seen any evidence of torture.