Tuesday, March 1, 2011

UK agent named butcher of Bahrain

Source: Press TV

The British government has recently revoked more than 50-weapon export licenses to Bahrain in the Persian Gulf and Libya in North Africa.

Following weeks of pro-democracy protests in the Middle East and North Africa, the people of the countries in those regions have become more frustrated over revelation of the facts that the British government has been directly involved in training and arming the repressive regimes of their countries including their militaries and their police forces.

In Bahrain, where the king recently reshuffled his cabinet to appease protesters who have been calling for his ouster, a British agent had been in charge of the country's security apparatus, and, all the Manama police had been taught by Colonel Ian Henderson, the British agent who spent 30 years as head of Bahrain's secret police until was forced to retire in February 1998.

“Henderson is known as the butcher of Bahrain. He is the head of the security services and director of intelligence and has gathered around him the kind of British dogs of war, mercenaries, whose guns and electric shock equipment are for hire to anyone who will pay the price,” former MP George Galloway told the House of Commons on June 3, 1997.

Ian Henderson was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, but lived most of his life as a Colonial Police Officer oversea.

Henderson was employed as the head of state of security in Bahrain for some 30 years, and was retired from his position in February 1998.

Britain and Bahrain, as part of a secret British intelligence plot, clinched a friendship deal to consult each other whenever necessary soon after the tiny Persian Gulf Island was separated from Iran on August 14, 1971.

Henderson has been accused by Bahraini political dissidents and international human rights organizations (including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch) of torturing Bahrainis.

“His men allegedly detained and tortured thousands of anti-government activists,” wrote Tony Thompson in the June 30, 2002, London Observer.

“Their activities are said to have included the ransacking of villages, sadistic sexual abuse and using power drills to maim prisoners. On many occasions they are said to have detained children without informing their parents, only to return them months later in body bags,” said Thompson.

Prior to working in Bahrain, Henderson served as a Colonial Police Officer in Kenya during the 1950s. He got his start in the British Empire's war against Kenya's Land and Freedom Army, also known as the “Mau Mau.”

The British agent hunted down and captured the last of the Mau Mau leaders - Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi - on Oct. 21, 1956.

The freedom fighter was hanged on Feb. 18, 1957, in Kamiti Maximum Security Prison outside Nairobi. To this day, the British government refuses to reveal where Field Marshal Kimathi is buried.

During the war a million Kenyans were thrown into concentration camps. The US “foreign aid” helped pay for Embakasi Airport, which was built by prisoners with their bare hands. No wonder Henderson was “known as the torturer-in-chief.”

However, Queen Elizabeth II knighted Henderson-the-torturer and made him a “Commander of the British Empire” in 1986.

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