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10 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I March 2009
Enhanced UK-US collaboration on
nuclear weapons to remain secret
The British government is refusing announced in the 2006 White Paper - renewal made ‘no extension to its
to disclose details of its enhanced - ‘The Future of the United Kingdom’s scope’ either then or since when asked
collaboration with the US on the Nuclear Deterrent (CMD 6994)’. if there had been any amendment
country’s nuclear weapons or say Last month, it was reported that the to enable co-operation on the US
whether the agreement allows the UK US military has been using Britain’s Reliable Replacement Warhead
to participate in Washington’s Reliable Atomic Weapons Establishment for program.
Replacement Warhead program. ‘very valuable’ warhead research as But he admitted that there
“I am withholding the information part of an ongoing and secretive deal were a ‘number of similarities in
about the detailed nature of these between the British and American approach between the Atomic
enhanced collaboration, in the governments, which campaign Weapons Establishment and their
interests of national security,” Defense groups say is in breach of the NPT counterparts in the United States
Secretary John Hutton said. and undermine the UK’s claim to have national laboratories’, including
In a written parliamentary reply an independent nuclear weapons the management of research, the
published, Hutton only went as program. assessment of technology readiness,
far as confirming that ‘enhanced In 2004, the UK extended is MDA and the fundamentals of science-
collaborations are taking place’ under with the US for a further 10 year. based stockpile stewardship in the
the UK’s renewed Mutual Defense In addition, former prime minister absence of underground nuclear
Agreement (MDA) in support of the Tony Blair exchanged letters with tests.
UK’s nuclear stockpile stewardship former US president George W Bush “However, our warheads are based
program. in December 2006 on enhanced on a wholly UK design and differ from
These, he told MPs, ‘contribute to collaboration. US warheads in a number of areas,”
the ongoing review of warhead options Hutton insisted that the MDA the defense minister told MPs.
Guantanamo Boy
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A new novel tells the story of Khalid, of “waterboarding,” a form of “waterboarding,” during
a British teenager of Asian descent simulated drowning. But she included which he is convinced he is about to
who travels to Pakistan for a family it in the final draft. die.
funeral only to end up in Guantanamo “I never forget how resilient the Perera was inspired to write the
Bay, falsely accused of having links teenagers I taught were,” said the novel after hearing of the plight of
to Al Qaeda. author, referring to her time as a children at Guantanamo Bay from
“Guantanamo Boy,” published teacher. the charity Reprieve.
this month by Penguin imprint Puffin Khalid is unwittingly caught up in “I was so shocked and appalled
Books, is based on author Anna the paranoia and panic that gripped the by that fact. I began researching the
Perera’s research into children who world shortly after the 2001 attacks. prison, and the more I read the more
were taken to the U.S. military prison In Karachi, people falsely denounce shocked and appalled I became,”
following the September 11, 2001 neighbours in return for cash from she said.
attacks on the United States. U.S. intelligence agencies, Khalid is Clive Stafford Smith, Reprieve’s
And while the story of a 15- abducted, falsely accused of being in founder who has fought for the rights
year-old from Rochdale, is fictional, Afghanistan, flown to Kandahar and of Guantanamo inmates, welcomed
it includes detailed accounts of then to Guantanamo Bay where his Perera’s novel and the attention it
Khalid’s often shocking treatment in nightmare gets worse. drew to what he called the “pawns in
Pakistan, Afghanistan and finally at Sleep deprivation, torture, anger, (former U.S. President) George (W.)
the notorious base located in Cuba. boredom and bewilderment drive the Bush’s ill advised experiment.”
A review in The Times called boy to the edge of madness, and, Over 20 kids have had to
it “one of the grimmest books for although Khalid is luckier than most grow up in solitary confinement in
teenagers to have been published other young inmates by the end, it Guantanamo Bay with fewer rights
for some time.” is not clear whether he will ever fully than the iguanas that crawl all over
Perera considered toning recover from his ordeal. the island,” he said.
down some scenes of torture in Khalid only confesses to the Bush’s successor, President
Guantanamo Boy, notably those apparently ludicrous charges Barack Obama, has promised to
involving the interrogation technique against him after being subjected to shut the prison.
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