Monday, December 18, 2006

WMD Bush-Blair Lies are again re-affirmed

COMMENTARY: The Iraqi Flim-Flam: Bush-Blair Lies Confirmed Again

Was this obscene war based on lies? Yes.

The Government's case for going to war in Iraq has been torn apart by the publication of previously suppressed evidence that Tony Blair lied over Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. A devastating attack on Mr Blair's justification for military action by Carne Ross, Britain's key negotiator at the UN, has been kept under wraps until now because he was threatened with being charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act.

Mr Ross said in late 2002 that he "discussed this at some length with David Kelly", the weapons expert who a year later committed suicide when he was named as the source of a BBC report saying Downing Street had "sexed up" the WMD claims in a dossier. The Butler inquiry cleared Mr Blair and Downing Street of "sexing up" the dossier, but the publication of the Carne Ross evidence will cast fresh doubts on its findings.

BBC/Blair Battle Timeline

As the American and British governments pointed to the threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) to make a case for war with Iraq, some say the American media took the government at its word and didn't dig deep enough to uncover the truth behind the intelligence claims. In Britain, a news report accusing the Blair government of inflating evidence of WMDs erupted into a scandal that shook the BBC, one of the most respected news organizations in the world, to its foundation. What can this battle between the British government and the BBC tell us about the dangers of political influence on independent journalism? Follow the links in the timeline to find more detailed information.


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.


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