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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 06:46 PM
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Suppressed Document Lays Bare the Lies behind Iraq War
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 07:03 PM by G_j
..well what do you know, Blair lied.. :rofl:

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1215-06.htm

Published on Friday, December 15, 2006 by the Inter Press Service

Diplomat's Suppressed Document Lays Bare the Lies behind Iraq War

by Colin Brown and Andy McSmith

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.

In the testimony revealed today Mr Ross, 40, who helped negotiate several UN security resolutions on Iraq, makes it clear that Mr Blair must have known Saddam Hussein possessed no weapons of mass destruction. He said that during his posting to the UN, "at no time did HMG assess that Iraq's WMD (or any other capability) posed a threat to the UK or its interests."
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He also reveals that British officials warned US diplomats that bringing down the Iraqi dictator would lead to the chaos the world has since witnessed. "I remember on several occasions the UK team stating this view in terms during our discussions with the US (who agreed)," he said

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Report: U.K. case for war 'torn apart'

http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20061215-...

LONDON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A committee of Britain's Parliament has published formerly secret testimony that the newspaper The Independent says has "torn apart" the case for war in Iraq.

The testimony, given by a former British negotiator at the United Nations, provides evidence that Prime Minister Tony Blair lied about former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, the newspaper said Friday.

The testimony by Carne Ross had been kept secret because Ross was threatened with prosecution under Britain's Official Secrets Act. The Commons Select Committee on Foreign Affairs published the information after seeking assurances from the Foreign Office that it would not violate the law, the newspaper said.

Ross, who helped negotiate several U.N. resolutions on Iraq, told an inquiry that Blair must have known Saddam possessed no weapons of mass destruction. He said that while he was at the United Nations, the British government "at no time" assessed that Iraq posed a threat to Britain.

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Ignacio Upton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 06:47 PM
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1. Question: What did Blair have to gain by lying?
Maybe I'm being over-simiplistic, by why would a Labourite go along with an American Neo-Conservative agenda? I would have expected this from a Tory PM, but then again...
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Kikosexy2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 06:50 PM
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2. Why? you ask?....
who is benefiting from all these atrocities...ummm, Cheney, PNAC, Chimpie, Saudis, Israel and yes, even Blair....BIG OIL!!
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:21 PM
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7. Another question:
what would VP Cheney have to gain by lying? I might expect it from someone from Enron, but wasn't Cheney from Haliburton?
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omega minimo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 02:14 PM
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10. on no you di 'nt
:rofl:
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 06:56 PM
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3. Blair has a seat waiting for him at The Carlyle Group...

Tony Blair is expected to join one of the most exclusive groups of businessmen in the world after he leaves Downing Street.

The PM is being lined up for a highly lucrative position with the Carlyle Group - an American-based investment giant with strong links to the White House and the defense industry.

The firm has been nicknamed "The Ex-Presidents Club" because it has had a host of former world leaders on its books including George Bush Senior, his former secretary of state James Baker and former British PM John Major. There a also a large number of former US Army top brass.

Mr. Blair has been keeping quiet about his plans after his departure from Number 10 - which could be as early as 2007 according to some Labour insiders.

But sources in the City have revealed that he is "seriously considering" a high-profile role with Carlyle - which manages $30billion (20million) of investments worldwide.

The job could net Mr. Blair up to 500,000 a year for only a few days work a month giving speeches and making "networking" trips on behalf of the company.

...

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/082305B.shtml
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Kikosexy2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:12 PM
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5. Well that's just ...
peachy....but I hope he ends up in jail before that ever happens..WAR CRIMES PLEASE!!
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:18 PM
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6. What galls me is that the elite don't even hide their corruption...
it's just expected. Business as usual.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:05 PM
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4. wonder if it will make a wipple on this side of the pond??
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 08:42 AM
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8. "Whistleblower that ministers tried to muzzle"...
Carne Ross wrestled with his conscience for three more months after he secretly submitted evidence to the Butler committee into the use of pre-war intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

Beset by long-standing private doubts about the Government's Iraq policy which he had implemented for four years in New York, he had previously drafted "about six" resignation letters in the past which he never sent.

But after emailing his testimony to the Butler committee from Kosovo where he was on secondment, Mr Ross realised that he had probably jeopardised his 15-year career. After agonising for another three months, he sent another email in September 2004, this time terminating his employment with the Foreign Office. He was 38.

Until then, he had been on the fast track to diplomatic glory, during a Foreign Office career which began in Bonn. In New York, where he worked from December 1997 to June 2002 as first secretary at the UK mission to the United Nations, he was responsible for Iraq policy.

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http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article207616...
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 12:59 PM
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9. Blair lied about Dr. Kelly, too.
David Kelly Death - paramedics query verdict

by Antony Barnett

http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/BAR412A.html

Tony the Poodle and his crazy monkey master are war criminals, mass murderers, and liars.

Thanks for an excellent post, as always, G_j!
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