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A shroud of secrecy hangs closely around our armed forces.

A shroud of secrecy hangs closely around our armed forces. The scandal of Iraqi prisoner abuse by British troops is being investigated without the scrutiny of independent observers, and yesterday the Armed Forces minister, Adam Ingram, announced that the suspicious deaths of four young soldiers at Deepcut barracks in Surrey will not be examined by a public inquiry. This is regrettable. The deaths at Deepcut revealed a sickening culture of bullying. Ministers were disgracefully slow to act, and the parents of young soldiers who died still harbour doubts about what really happened. If we are to place faith in our armed forces, we have a right to know what goes on behind the barrack room door.

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