Baroness Manningham-Buller, the former Dame Eliza and Director-General of the Security Service (MI5), gave the Mile End lecture in the House of Lords a few hours ago. Her topic was “Reflections on Intelligence” and I understand that the text of this will shortly be available on the Parliamentary web-site.
In the Q&A after the lecture one Jack Bauer enthusiast asked her about torture. She was unequivocal in her reply:
“Nothing – even saving lives – justifies torture.”
She’d earlier made some comments about US “waterboarding” activities at Guantanamo Bay and she added the caustic comment:
“The sad thing is that Cheney, Rumsfeld and Bush watched “24”.”