“Contemporary art’s penchant for borrowing from its early 20th century history would never be so bluntly described as ‘nostalgic’ or ‘retro’, but arguably in some cases, I suspect this is exactly what it is. Art’s referencing of prewar Modernist sculpture and painting, or Russian Constructivist theatre, or social Utopian architecture as refracted through the lens of late 1970s postpunk culture, is often close to being itself an expression of ‘austerity nostalgia’.”
“In 2008, after years of denials, the British government admitted that Diego Garcia had been used as a stop-off for two rendition flights.
However, in July the government informed Parliament that flight records for Diego Garcia were “incomplete due to water damage.”
A week later, on July 15, Foreign Office Minister Mark Simmonds told the Commons that “previously wet paper records have been dried out … no flight records have been lost as a result of the water damage.”
But yesterday the government’s position appeared to shift again with the confirmation in a statement given to the Commons foreign affairs committee that immigration records relating to civilians landing on the island have been destroyed.
Reprieve argues that, although there is no indication of the identities of the civilians concerned, such records are potentially significant as they could relate to the civilian CIA agents who operated the “rendition” flights.
Legal director at Reprieve Cori Crider said: “This is the second time the government has changed its story on the destruction of what is potentially evidence of CIA renditions via Diego Garcia.
“People will rightly draw the conclusion that the government still has something to hide when it comes to the UK’s role in supporting CIA torture flights.”