‘Hooded men’ ruling sanctioned CIA methods

The 1978 ruling that the treatment of Irish internees by the British was not torture opened the way for the US to employ similar and worse techniques, writes Tom McGurk

31st December, 2014
‘Hooded men’ ruling sanctioned CIA methods
Tom McGurk

For once, Enda Kenny and his hapless regime are on the side of the angels. For once, he got his timing right. Well, just. Earlier this month, the government announced that it was going to ask the European Court of Human Rights to reconsider its 1978 verdict in the infamous case of the ‘hooded men’.

On that occasion the court – prompted by Britain – had reversed its finding of the previous year against...

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