Indeed, so that is why I am seeking clarification as to your views. I presume you view the use of courts without a jury to be something you would find morally repugnant just as you would find some of the abuses of power the occurred in the Soviet union equally repugnant?
I presume you naturally are also aware of what a Diplock court is and the background to them?
Since the UK was certainly a political rival to the USSR; this article can be seen that the USSR were possibly and in my opinion, probably playing politics given what is generally regarded as terrible prison conditions in the USSR and some other nations of the Communist bloc.
Diplock courts are an ongoing issue in the UK, many people think the ended with the fading away of the Troubles but they are still used and have not totally ceased to operate. They effectively cut around an individuals rights to a fair trial. The north of Ireland has a number of such procedures that were no better than the worst abuses of the Soviet Union in it’s history such as internment and chucking people into prison ships in frankly awful conditions at times. Of course because the UK is considered a first world power and ally of the USA less emphasis was placed on these events as they would have proved to be ones that would not look to good if dragged out into the light. Nor would the record of the Crown Forces in the north with regards to involvement in torture and collusion with terrorist groups so great effort is made to keep this stuff on the ‘downlow’ as Americans say or when it is mentioned to do it in a roundabout ways and mix it in with other topics. Take this news article as an example of that.
Of course, if you want to avoid the trial entirely there’s always the ever popular “sadly died of a cereberal hemorrhage (of the 9x18mm kind) during interrogation before they could admit to their crimes”,
As used by numerous states over the years in the pursuit of ‘justice’. Alternative methods of justice involve setting up islands that cut around nation’s constitutions and chucking people into prison there and torturing them there. All are morally repugnant.
Well we did fall out of favour with the USSR later as they refused to recognise our membership of the UN for years due to our neutrality in WW2. Stalin attempted to block Irish membership by us numerous times as he viewed Ireland as essentially a puppet state of England by all reports. Mind you of course most Russians are not aware of that any more than they are of Russia been the first nation to recognise Irish independence. They are bits of historical trivia. Just like the move at one point to try and get Ireland to become an US state.
It would appear from the amount of coverage everything Russian gets on the BBC of late though that soon the dreaded cyber Russians in their spaceships of doom will soon indeed conquer the world in Cold War II:The Empire Strikes Back starring in no particular order;-
Darth Trump and his deadly hair
Emperor Putin and his trained pet bears of doom
Jar-Jar Obama (to be removed in the sequels apparently due to viewers not taking to him)
David ‘I’m not interesting enough to be compared to a Star Wars character’ Cameron
The Diplock Courts were supposedly introduced for a variety of reasons as was the Irish equivalent but they have as usual left yet another bitter memory in the great ongoing relations between Ireland and Britain. However every time the Irish govt. has a go at the British about them as they have done over the years I do start thinking they should dismantle our own equivalent first.