The apparent support expressed by David Petraeus, the disgraced former United States Army general, for the controversial campaign in the United Kingdom demanding legal immunity from investigation and prosecution for military or terrorist crimes committed by the UK Armed Forces during the so-called Troubles, certainly came at the worse time for the amnesty-favouring soldier turned right-wing pundit. Less than a week after his declaration condemning the “unfair pursuit of British soldiers”, including Britain’s alleged “Dirty War” strategist Frank Kitson, and the application of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) to battlefield situations, we have news of a major investigation by the BBC and the Sunday Times newspaper accusing successive UK governments of concealing the criminal actions of the British Army in Afghanistan and Iraq. These actions include the murder of civilians, notably children, and the use of torture and rape as weapons of war.
From the Guardian:
The year-long investigation claims to have found evidence of murders by an SAS soldier, as well as deaths in custody, beatings, torture and sexual abuse of detainees by members of the Black Watch.
A senior SAS commander was referred to prosecutors for attempting to pervert the course of justice, the investigation claims.
Of course, Petraeus is currently undergoing a carefully managed relaunch in the US where he is being presented as an expert on “terrorism” and Middle East affairs.