ARTICLE: How Chilcot will whitewash the Iraq War

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Hat tip: http://www.thecanary.co/2016/07/05/heres-chilcot-will-whitewash-iraq-war/

The long awaited report from the UK government’s inquiry into the decision to go to war in Iraq is going to be released on Wednesday.

But make no mistake: the process was designed from the start to let decision-makers off the hook for their roles in an illegal invasion that has destroyed a country and paved the way for the rise of the Islamic State.

A hint at the report’s findings were revealed by Lord Butler, who led a previous 2004 Iraq inquiry, which concluded that while Tony Blair had been “wrong” about Saddam Hussein’s WMD capacity, he did not deliberately deceive anyone:

“You can see the mistakes that deceived the intelligence community into thinking Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. I have talked to the agencies and I hope that they have learnt the lessons from that,” said Butler.

Conflict of interest

Sir John Chilcot, who chairs the current inquiry, was a member of Butler’s team for that previous inquiry. The secretary of the current inquiry is Margaret Aldred, who was previously deputy head of Defence and Overseas Secretariat (subsequently Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat).

According to the Cabinet Office Annual Report and Resource Accounts for 2004/5, when Aldred began her role:

The Defence and Overseas Secretariat (DOS) has been at the forefront in coordinating the Government’s policy in Iraq following the end of the conflict with regular meetings of ministers, senior officials and video conferencing with officials in Iraq. Over the past year, DOS has coordinated policy development on Iraq.

Yet Aldred herself, despite being someone involved in the government’s Iraq policy, has not been called as a witness to the inquiry – although her successor in the same post was.

Chilcot and his aides refused to disclose information on Aldred’s own role in government policy on Iraq. As noted by Chris Ames, editor of the Iraq Inquiry Digest which has tracked the inquiry since it began:

The Inquiry’s willingness and ability to reveal the extent of her role is clearly compromised by the fact that she is its secretary. In concealing the conflict of interest, the Inquiry is concealing the truth of what happened.

Ames noted that the inquiry would have “little credibility” if it refused to come clean about its own connections to the government’s Iraq policy.

The first casualty

This should not be a surprise given that the first inquiry by Lord Butler was already a bankrupt whitewash of the highest order.

Butler’s report (6.4 para, p. 499), for instance, claimed it was “well-founded” that Saddam Hussein was trying to illegally obtain uranium for his so-called advanced nuclear weapons programme, from Niger and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The allegation was based on forged documents, which Butler claimed the British had no idea were forged.

Butler’s pathetic, fantastical version of events is so astonishingly absurd that it is not taken seriously by any journalist or historian who actually understands the Niger uranium intelligence scandal. Yet somehow in legitimate public discourse, it is still considered credible – and Butler receives ample air time with a straight face, without a single question about his role in obscuring the facts.

Don’t worry, you’re not going mad. This is the exceptional state of British journalism today.

In 2012, I and a team at the Institute for Policy Research & Development conducted our own peer-reviewed independent investigation into the public record data concerning Saddam’s alleged efforts to get uranium from Niger.

In our reportExecutive Decisions: How British Intelligence was Hijacked for the Iraq War – which was submitted to Chilcot’s inquiry – we pointed out that Britain’s White Paper on Iraqi WMD made the uranium claims, despite the British having being warned by George Tenet, head of the CIA, not to include them.

The claim traces back to ‘intelligence’ that was examined and discredited way back in 1999. Falsified documents were discovered in the form of written correspondence between officials in Niger and Iraqi agents. The documents had been submitted to the CIA by British officials.

But the documents were quickly dismissed at the time and found to be crude forgeries containing laughable errors: names and titles not matching individuals in office at the time; the Niger government’s letterhead being obviously cut and pasted, and the signature of a government official who had retired long ago having been forged.

Senior officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) described the documents as “so bad” that he could “not imagine they came from a serious intelligence agency.” The IAEA confirmed the forgery within hours.

But years later, this rank bullshit still made it into Britain’s official ‘intelligence’ assessment of the state of Iraq’s WMDs. It was then conveniently quoted by President Bush in his State of the Union address to Congress in 2003, helping to rile up public support for war.

Sadly, you won’t find the self-righteous pundit class lambasting the venal culture of self-serving power that allowed the systematic concoction of such “conspiracy theories” against official enemies to flourish in the heart of Whitehall.

Lies? What lies?

And here lays bare the methodology of vindication to be deployed by Chilcot and his friends: admit real failures, loudly condemn officials for failing, but contextualise the decisions leading up to the failures as entirely unintentional, then ultimately blame the failure on faulty systems across government.

The most that Blair and his warmongering friends can be accused of, then, is bad management.

But here’s the reality: the regurgitation of discredited forged nonsense as ‘British intelligence’ – which had already been rejected by the CIA and IAEA – speaks not to ‘faulty intelligence’ but to the deliberate ‘politicisation of intelligence.’

But false intelligence did not make its way inexplicably into the intelligence system because our intelligence agencies are underfunded and badly organised, and really, really believed what they were saying, poor darlings.

It made its way in, because political leaders made pre-conceived, ideological decisions about going to war.

Those decisions were untenable if the intelligence wasn’t there to back their decisions. So they exerted massive pressure on the intelligence community to find or make that intelligence.

Cherry picking

In leaked UK government memoranda between March and July 2002, references are repeatedly made to “poor” intelligence about WMD, and the “thin” case for war that it presented.

Indeed, then head of MI6, Richard Dearlove, confirms that “the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy” of regime change, “justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD.”

Senior intelligence officers in MI6 and the CIA also confirmed that intelligence was being deliberately manufactured to support “the opposite conclusion from the one they have drawn.”

One MI6 officer said:

You cannot just cherry-pick evidence that suits your case and ignore the rest. It is a cardinal rule of intelligence. Yet that is what the PM is doing.

And a CIA official concurred:

We’ve gone from a zero position, where presidents refused to cite detailed intel as a source, to the point now where partisan material is being officially attributed to these agencies.

Chilcot’s abject failure to get to the bottom of this reveals the extent to which our democratic checks and balances in foreign policy decision-making are fundamentally broken – and confirms the institutional lack of accountability that allows this broken system to continue unabated.

The Chilcot report will be used to let the people who lied their way into war off the hook. It will also reinforce the idea that they did so with unquestioned benevolence, despite terrible and regrettable failures of management and judgement.

Don’t be surprised to find much of the pundit class – who, by the way, overwhelmingly and shamelessly clamoured for the invasion – chorusing in agreement.

They have blood on their hands too.

ARTICLE: VIP child abuse whistleblowers were ‘murdered’: MP says men were poised to lift lid on scandal

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  • MP says two VIP child abuse whistleblowers may have been ‘murdered’
  • John Mann passed detectives information about two suspicious deaths
  • The men were allegedly poised to lift the lid on Westminster sex abuse
  • Breakthrough comes a day after Mr Mann handed dossier to the police
  • Document named 22 politicians suspected of involvement in abuse ring 

A campaigning MP sensationally claimed yesterday that two whistleblowers who threatened to expose an alleged VIP paedophile ring may have been murdered.

John Mann has passed detectives information about the suspicious deaths of the men who were allegedly poised to lift the lid on child sex abuse at the heart of the Establishment.

The development comes as the Labour MP told the Daily Mail yesterday that a key witness has come forward providing the address of a Dolphin Square flat which was used for ‘abuse parties’ by a network of high-profile figures including politicians and leading members of the judiciary, military and security services.

The potential breakthrough, which could help detectives identify the alleged perpetrators, comes a day after it emerged that Mr Mann had handed detectives a dossier naming 22 politiciansincluding six serving MPs and members of the House of Lords – suspected of involvement in a Westminster paedophile ring.

The Bassetlaw MP has since spoken to a victim who has provided a specific location where it is claimed that boys from care homes in Lambeth, South London, were taken to be abused – the apartment in the luxury block of 1,250 flats at Dolphin Square in Pimlico.

Mr Mann alerted police to allegations of child abuse at the prestigious block in 1989 when he was a Lambeth councillor, but nothing was done. The two whistleblowers he claims may have been killed are said to have been ready to expose powerful figures preying on teenage boys from children’s care homes in Lambeth.

The information Mr Mann has given police concerns the suspicious deaths of a Lambeth Council caretaker in 1989 and a social worker in 1993 who allegedly threatened to expose a paedophile ring linked to a future minister in Tony Blair’s government.

(2014) S.N.P. M.S.P Bill Walker -WIFE BEATER

DISGRACED former MSP Bill Walker is to be released from jail this week after serving only half of his 12-month sentence.

Last night the news was greeted with dismay by anti-domestic violence campaigners.

The wife-beating former SNP politician was jailed in September for violent assaults on three ex-wives and a stepdaughter over a 30-year period.

The 71-year-old, from Alloa, had denied 23 charges of assault and one breach of the peace but was found guilty of all charges at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. After serving six months, the former Dunfermline MSP is due for release from Dumfries Prison this week.

Opponents of the law, which sees prisoners serving under four years freed after half their term, said Walker’s release “exposes the nonsense” of the system.

At his trial, Sheriff Kathrine Mackie heard how Walker gave his first wife, Maureen Traquair, a black eye days before their wedding in 1967. His second wife, Anne Gruber, said Walker kicked and punched her and knocked her to the ground. And his third wife, Diana, testified that the politician repeatedly struck her.

Walker plans to appeal against his conviction and has a court hearing scheduled for April 17.

Tory MSP Murdo Fraser said: “This just exposes the nonsense of automatic early release.”

Graeme Pearson, a former senior police officer and now Scottish Labour’s Justice spokesman, said: “Many people will be disappointed Bill Walker has only served six months of a 12-month sentence.”

Read on:  http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/465264/Wife-beater-MSP-Bill-Walker-gets-early-release-from-prison

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEOS: ‘Beheadings-R-Us’ by Cameron and Hague-backed Syrian “Rebels” (WARNING: Graphic Images)

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ARTICLE: Was Guy Fawkes the Last Honest Man to Pass through Westminster?

Hat tip: http://www.westernspring.co.uk/was-guy-fawkes-the-last-good-man-to-pass-through-westminster/

Imagine a government that would deliberately take millions away from the budget meant to educate its own nation’s children, while at the time use billions to send foreign aid to other nations who don’t need it?

That would be nothing less than treason. You cannot imagine any sane government doing such a thing. Think of, for example, China, or Japan, deliberately depriving its own people of an education while giving money to Korea? It just wouldn’t happen, because the Chinese and the Japanese would—rightly—regard that as nothing less than treason.

Of course, you guessed it: Britain’s House of Treason down by the banks of the old river, has done precisely that—and no-one seems to know or care.

The Tory-Lib-Dem-Labour party—because they are just all the same party—is busy with much-vaunted “budget cuts” to “save the economy” (after they and their big business bank cronies screwed it over in the first place) and one of the first cuts to be announced was in the education arena.

Any parent with university-age going children is well aware that uni fees have now rocketed from a manageable amount just two or three years ago, to an impossible £9,000 per year—and that is just for the tutoring fees, never mind books, resources, living allowances, residence and so on.

Even those students “lucky” enough to get loans, start off their working lives with tens of thousands of pounds of debt—an impossible burden which—even more importantly—makes starting a family next to impossible.

The nuts and bolts of the process are as follows: England’s university budgets were cut by £449 million in 2010, with similar cuts being added each following year. This means that over £1.3 billion has been cut in the last three years, and there is no end yet in sight. By the end of 2014, the total uni education budget cut will be cut by nearly £4 billion.

In practical terms, this means that the universities have had at least 6,000 fewer places each academic year.

In addition, research funding has been frozen and the uni buildings budget cut by 15 percent.

At the same time, the Government has announced that taxpayers will hand over £50.8 billion in foreign aid to the Third World by 2014. This translates to 61 percent of the total “spending review” cuts announced by the Government.

According to a press release issued by the Department for International Development (DFID), the total foreign aid budget will reach the targeted 0.7 percent of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2013.

This would mean a yearly spend of £12.6 billion, the DFID said.

This increased spending, the DFID said, is “in line with the UK’s international commitments to help those living in extreme poverty in our world. Over the course of the Spending Review period, the Department for International Development will increase resource spending by 35 percent in real terms, and increase capital spending by 20 percent in real terms.”

This means that the foreign aid budget was £8.4 billion in 2010, £8.7 billion in 2011, £9.1 billion in 2012, and will be £12.0 billion in 2013, and £12.6 billion in 2014—totalling £50.8 billion by the end of 2014.

So there you have it: cut the education budget by £4 billion, but boost the foreign aid budget by £50 billion.

Who would dare call it treason?  I for one, and I am increasingly becoming convinced that the last honest man to pass through the halls of Westminster was indeed Guy Fawkes.

(2012) Senior Liberal Democrat Cllr Simon Arthur -JAILED FOR BEATING HIS FRAIL 87-YEAR-OLD MUM “LIKE A DOG”

A senior Lib Dem councillor has been jailed for attacking his frail 87-year-old mother.

Simon Arthur, 44, was sentenced to four months after a court heard he treated his mother Isabelle “like a dog” for years.

Arthur admitted punching pensioner Mrs Arthur who uses a walking stick to get around.

Magistrates heard Arthur – a Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate in the 2010 General Election – told his mother: “I hope you have an awful death”.

Arthur was finally arrested when a neighbour called police after seeing him assault his mother on the driveway of their home.

Prosecutor Sharon Anderson said: “Mrs Arthur had been out for the day but said she was too scared to return home, choosing to wait in a car park.

“She regularly went to the car park to avoid going home and had even slept there overnight previously.

“Around 8pm she did go home and parked in the driveway but her son had locked all the doors to their home.

“At around 11.30pm he came out of the house and began the attack.”

Mrs Arthur’s statement read: “He came over, opened the driver’s side door, grabbed hold of my hair and tried to pull me out of the car. It was like he was possessed.

“He tried to grab me a second time shouting ‘You’ll burn, you’ll suffer in the after life’.”

Swansea magistrates heard Mrs Arthur tried to make her way down the driveway to get help but her son grabbed her walking stick from her to block her path.

Ms Anderson said: “Mrs Arthur fell to the ground and dragged herself along the floor.

“She crawled out of the drive and her son followed, eventually trying to pick her up but she told him to leave her alone.”

Police arrived and took Arthur into the kitchen where he opened a drawer and grabbed a knife.

Arthur lunged at Pc Greg Bowen who dodged the blade before disarming the Lib Dem councillor.

The court heard Mrs Arthur did not support the prosecution against her son and asked police and social services for help instead.

Her statement said: “I now realise he will hurt me if he carries on – I don’t know what I have done to deserve this.

“I want him out of my house, I want him to get the help he needs.”

The court heard Mrs Arthur told police her son treated her like a dog saying she was terrified of him and “living on eggshells”.

In her statement Mrs Arthur said her son had never had a proper job and had always relied on her for financial support.

She said: “He has a nasty temper and has got more controlling since my husband died 22 years ago.

“Simon’s behaviour escalated last year after my twin brother Peter died.

“He told me ‘It should be you that’s gone, not Peter. I hope you have an awful death’.”

In her statement Mrs Arthur said: “I try and let it go over my head but when it’s physical, I can’t excuse it.”

Magistrates were told widow Mrs Arthur was advised by social services to write a letter to her son asking her son to leave the premises but he responded by laughing and throwing it away.

Arthur admitted to police in interview that he had punched his mother on a number of previous occasions.

Officers asked him to indicate the force he had used on a scale of one to ten. He replied “two”.

Arthur, a Lib Dem councillor for the Newton ward on Mumbles Community Council, admitted common assault and assault by beating.

Magistrates imposed a restraining order on Arthur after hearing his mother no longer wants to share her home with him.

He was ordered to move out and only to visit on her instructions.

JP Eliot Griffiths said: “Your mother is now very much in charge and you have to do what she tells you to.”

Peter May, Chairman of Swansea Lib Dems, said after the case: “Mr Arthur has been suspended and we have taken steps to permanently expel him from the party.”

Isabelle Arthur, Age Cymru’s Safeguarding Manager Louise Hughes said: “Elder abuse in any way, shape or form is completely unacceptable, and this case is one of the worst examples of elder abuse that we ever have heard of.

“Age Cymru commends Mrs Arthur’s neighbour for contacting the authorities – that one single act helped bring an end to the abuse that was being dealt out by Simon Arthur, and his eventual jailing.

“We hope that the publicity generated today by this case will raise awareness of elder abuse and send out a strong message that society does not tolerate cruelty towards older people.”

Read More http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2012/08/06/senior-lib-dem-councillor-jailed-for-beating-his-own-mother-like-a-dog-91466-31561348/#ixzz2AV7ZMA86

(2012) New Labour Cllr. Abid Hussain -ARRESTED AFTER STREET BRAWL

A Bradford councillor has been arrested in connection with a street brawl in Keighley.

Councillor Abid Hussain (Lab, Keighley Central) was one of six men arrested over the weekend following the torching of a car in Devonshire Street where he lives and where a brawl broke out on August 8 this year.

The 53-year-old councillor, who is vice-president of the Keighley Muslim Association, was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder on August 8 then released on police bail.

Three other Keighley men aged 18, 19 and 34 were arrested in connection with same matter.

Two others, aged 27 and 30 were also arrested for alleged violent disorder on the same date, and also on suspicion of arson relating to the car fires which happened in the early hours of Saturday.

A BMW 5 series car was set on fire in Devonshire Street at 1am and three hours later a BMW X5 was ablaze in Malsis Road.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman last night confirmed six Keighley men had been arrested in an ongoing investigation into the street violence and recent arson attacks on cars .

Read on:  http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/local/localbrad/10000101.Bradford_councillor_arrested_in_probe_into_Keighley_street_brawl/