Britain now faces paying out millions to detainees who claim they were tortured with the complicity of the security services.
Compensation settlements may be made with up to a dozen former terror suspects ahead of an independent inquiry announced yesterday by David Cameron to help ‘restore Britain’s moral leadership in the world’.
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The inquiry threatens grave embarrassment for security chiefs and former Labour ministers.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Labour leadership front-runner David Miliband are among those likely to be asked to give evidence.
It could also strain Britain’s relationship with the U.S. — our partners in the so-called ‘war on terror‘ — to breaking point.