A British Take on Weapons Of Mass Destruction
In the events leading up to the invasion of Iraq on March 20, 2003, Tony Blair was promoting the same stories about weapons of mass destruction that were being told by the neoconservative's in the US government. In the same way that the Neocons were questioned about WMD's, Tony was confronted with facts that didn't ring true with his accusations that Iraq possesed them. BBC news, a publicly owned news service, known for their true and unbiased reporting, was on the carpet for reporting information that was contrary to that reported by Blair. Before it was over, the head of BBC news resigned, along with two of his best reporters, and David Kelly supposedly commited suicide.
Bill Moyers "NOW" on PBS did an excellent report on this, back when it was an hour long program, and was probably the most informative and comprehensive program on TV.
Hutton Inquiry Who's Who
In July 2003 the British Government asked Lord Hutton "urgently to conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr. Kelly." Dr. David Kelly
had become the center of a battle between the Blair government and the BBC over the accuracy of the reports presented by the government in the lead up to war with Iraq. As many of the players will not be familiar to American audiences, a who's who of the key players is below. (Review a timeline of the scandal and inquiry.)