Yet again, English judges - and thereby English law generally - have deferred to the threats of foreign "friendly" states to withdraw intelligence.
Recently it was the Saudis who intervened so as to ensure that a Serious Fraud Office prosecution was dropped - see my August 2008 post here.
Now, it seems that the Americans have bullied our own Foreign Secretary, who has in turn sought to ensure that English judges do not publish significant details about torture on "our behalf" in the Binyam Mohamed case, see here.
A French Revolutionary once decried "Oh Liberty, what crimes are committed in thy name".
Now, as examples of bribery, corruption, and torture all mount up, one wonders of the scale of crimes being done in our name...