29th September 2020
Amnesty International projects itself as the watchdog on human rights worldwide with the stated mission to campaign for “a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights instruments.”
However, lesser known is the fact that Amnesty International was created by British Intelligence for intelligence gathering to carry out social engineering of targeted nations critical of the British Empire. Amnesty International was involved in not only the cover-up of torture and regime change by British agents but also in sparking a war.
Amnesty International – Intelligence gathering arm of British Empire
Amnesty’s stellar image as a global defender of human rights runs counter to its early days when the British Foreign Office was censoring reports critical of the British Empire. During the 1960s the U.K. was withdrawing from its colonies and the Foreign Office and Colonial Office were hungry for information from human-rights activists about the situations on the ground. In 1963, the Foreign Office instructed its operatives abroad to provide “discreet support” for Amnesty’s campaigns.
The Deep State Anglo American lobby has since been working to re-create the British Empire of Modern Times, recruiting native politicians and businessmen for gathering intelligence and cracking business deals. One of its outfits, CTD Advisors operated by the son of a Pakistani British spy and heavily infested with former British intelligence chiefs advocating foreign intervention in Kashmir was recently exposed by GreatGameIndia.
Due to its meddling in Kashmir, former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1990 (that time Leader of Opposition) demanded ban of entry of Amnesty International in Kashmir accusing Amnesty as a dubious organisation.
Dr Kirsten Sellars the Visiting Fellow at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University writes:
During the 1960s the United Kingdom was still in the process of withdrawing from its colonies, and civil service departments such as the Colonial Office and the Foreign Office welcomed information from those familiar with human rights issues. The relationship between Amnesty and Whitehall was placed on a more solid footing in 1963, when the Foreign Office wrote to overseas missions urging “discreet support” for Amnesty: discreet, because its public endorsement would have seriously undermined the campaign’s credibility.
Peter Benenson – the Undercover Spy
Peter Benenson, the co-founder of Amnesty International, had deep ties to the British Foreign Office and Colonial Office. During the war, he worked in military intelligence at the Bletchley Park code-breaking center. Benenson worked as an undercover spy gathering intelligence under the cover of Amnesty International, directly sponsored by The Crown.
In 1964, Benenson enlisted the Foreign Office’s assistance in obtaining a visa to Haiti. The Foreign Office secured the visa and wrote to its Haiti representative Alan Elgar saying it “support[ed] the aims of Amnesty International.” There, Benenson went undercover as a painter, as Minister of State Walter Padley told him prior to his departure that “We shall have to be a little careful not to give the Haitians the impression that your visit is actually sponsored by Her Majesty’s Government.”
Amnesty International infiltrated by Spies
In 1966, Amnesty International was rocked by a major scandal when its founder Peter Benenson claimed that the organisation was infiltrated by British intelligence agents and called for its headquarters to be moved to another country. This is followed by claims from the US that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was also involved in Amnesty. Benenson himself was then exposed for accepting funds from the British Government.
Unclassified documents also reveal how Israeli intelligence operated the local branch of Amnesty International. The Israeli government funded the establishment and activity of the Amnesty International branch in Israel in the 1960s and 70s. Official documents reveal that the chairman of the organization was in constant contact with the Foreign Ministry and received instructions from it.
Regime Change in Sudan
In the mid 1990s, the Sudan Vision Daily, a daily newspaper in Sudan, compared Amnesty to the US National Endowment for Democracy, during its regime change campaign in Sudan. The newspaper claimed “Amnesty International is, in essence, a British intelligence organization which is a part of the Government decision making system.”
In a September 2016 report, Amnesty International claimed that the Sudanese government was waging chemical warfare against its own people. Western media ran with it as fact, but African media found it to be highly dubious and based on hearsay. The following Sudanese report (republished in full by Modern Ghana) reflects on Amnesty International’s history as a propaganda arm of the British government.
Amnesty international has frequently used the service to diffuse political propaganda and deliver its messages against political opponents all over the world using both radio and TV.. It may not be a surprise to many that the list of the British Government opponents is the same list as Amnesty opponents.
The recent report of Amnesty on Darfur is just part of the British negative role against Sudan. The recently disclosed type of nexus between Amnesty and the British Government reveals that the former was originally a clandestine intelligence organ affiliated to the latter. Amnesty is a British clone of the American National Endowment for Democracy which preceded Amnesty in working under the umbrella of the State Department. Therefore, Amnesty is not just a pressure group; it is, in essence a British Intelligence organization which is a part of the Government decision making system.
Amnesty International coverup torture by British agents in Yemen
In 1966, an Amnesty report on the British colony of Aden, a port city in present-day Yemen, detailed the British government’s torture of detainees at the Ras Morbut interrogation center. Prisoners there were stripped naked during interrogations, were forced to sit on poles that entered their anus, had their genitals twisted, cigarettes burned on their face, and were kept in cells where feces and urine covered the floor.
The report was never released, however. Benenson said that Amnesty general secretary Robert Swann had censored it to please the Foreign Office, but Amnesty co-founder Eric Baker said Benenson and Swann had met with the Foreign Office and agreed to keep the report under wraps in exchange for reforms.
Amnesty International exposed by Dr Francis Boyle
Francis Boyle is a professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law. He drafted the U.S. domestic implementing legislation for the Biological Weapons Convention, known as the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, that was approved unanimously by both Houses of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.
As member of the board of Amnesty International USA at the end of the 1980s and early 1990s, he (Boyle) claimed that Amnesty International USA acted in ways closely related to United States foreign policy interests. He attributes links between Amnesty International and US/UK foreign policy interests to the relatively large financial contribution of Amnesty International USA to AI’s international budget, which he estimated at 20%. Boyle added that Amnesty International was instrumental in publicizing the “Iraqi soldiers dumping children from incubators in Kuwait” hoax.
How Amnesty International sparked a War
In an exclusive interview with Covert Action Quarterly, Dr Francis Boyle explained how covert agents at Amnesty International sparked a war:
Of the six votes in the United States Senate that passed the resolution to go to war, several of those senators said that they were influenced by the Amnesty report. Now I want to make it clear this was not a job by Amnesty International but by London, and what happened then, when the war started, at the next AI USA board meeting, I demanded an investigation.
By then it had come out that this was Kuwaiti propaganda put together by the PR firm, Hill & Knowlton, and I demanded an investigation. Absolutely nothing happened. There was never an investigation, there was total stonewalling coming out of London. They refused ever to admit that they did anything wrong. There has never been an explanation, there has never been an apology. It’s down the ‘memory hole’ like 1984 and Orwell.
My conclusion was that a high-level official of Amnesty International at that time, whom I will not name, was a British intelligence agent. Moreover, my fellow board member, who also investigated this independently of me, reached the exact same conclusion. So certainly when I am dealing with people who want to work with Amnesty in London, I just tell them, “Look, just understand, they’re penetrated by intelligence agents, U.K., maybe U.S., I don’t know, but you certainly can’t trust them.”