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- Isn’t this report just a whitewash?
- What recommendations does the report make or what conclusions does it draw?
- Isn’t it just a waste of time if the report makes no recommendations?
- What does the report cover?
Scope and Purpose
- Why did the Prime Minister set up this Inquiry?
- Why didn’t the Inquiry launch formally?
- What has the Inquiry team been doing?
- Was this an Inquiry established to fulfil any perceived obligation under article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights?
- What powers does the Inquiry have?
- How did the Government cooperate with the Inquiry?
- Is the Detainee Inquiry different from the “Gibson Inquiry” or UK “Torture Inquiry”?
Terms of Reference and Protocol
- What is the Inquiry’s remit/what are its terms of reference?
- Who wrote and agreed the Terms of Reference and Protocol?
- Who else was consulted about the Terms of Reference and Protocol before they were agreed?
- What time frame did the Inquiry consider?
- Did the Inquiry investigate allegations of UK involvement in torture of detainees in locations outside of Guantanamo Bay?
- Did you look at the case of Shaker Aamer, the British resident who continues to be held at Guantanamo Bay?
- How did you involve current and/or former detainees in the Inquiry?
- Did the Inquiry look at the rendition of detainees, and the use of UK and UK territorial
airspace for this purpose?
- Did the Inquiry look at military detention operations, including the handover of detainees by the British military to other countries?
- What about the decisions of Ministers and Senior Officials in Government and the Agencies – did the Inquiry consider those?
- Did the Inquiry Panel travel abroad, to Guantanamo Bay or elsewhere, to take evidence from potential witnesses?
- Who decided what constitutes damage to National Security and what could appear in the report?
- Who had the final say on what should be made public and what should be kept private? What happened when the Inquiry thought something should be made public but Government objected?
Membership and expertise
- Who are the members of the Inquiry Panel?
- Who picked the Panel members?
- Why were they chosen?
- Who is the Detainee Inquiry Secretary?
- Who is Counsel to the Inquiry?
- Who staffs the Detainee Inquiry Secretariat?
- Have any members of the Secretariat previously worked in the Security and Intelligence Agencies?
- How can the Inquiry claim to be independent when the Prime Minister has chosen the Panel and it is supported by civil servants?
- Who is paying for the Inquiry and how much will the Inquiry cost
- Are the Inquiry Panel paid, and if so, how much?
- Does the Inquiry have a Freedom of Information policy?