Normalising the Crime of the Century

By John Pilger

The purpose of the Chilcot inquiry is to normalise an epic crime by providing enough of a theatre of guilt to satisfy the media so that the only issue that matters, that of prosecution, is never raised. When he appears in January, Blair will play this part to odious perfection, dutifully absorbing the hisses and boos. All "inquiries" into state crimes are neutered in this way.

//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24148.htm



Spy Chief: We Knew Iraq Dismantled Weapons

The UK knew Iraq had dismantled its long-range missile before the war, an intelligence chief has told an official inquiry into the invasion.

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Sir John Sawers tells Chilcot inquiry US ignored warnings

Tony Blair's senior diplomat in Baghdad was ignored when he urged the Americans not to sack 25,000 Baathist officials, the Iraq inquiry was told today.

//www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article6951788.ece



John Prescott expresses doubt over British support for Iraq invasion

We all know George Bush is c..., former deputy prime minister tells New Statesman.
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Untouchable: Blair to give Iraq War evidence in secret

Former PM was happy to discuss invasion with Fern Britton on TV show - but the Chilcot inquiry will hear his crucial testimony behind closed doors.

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Blair to give Iraq evidence 'very much in public': Video

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair will give evidence to the Iraq War inquiry in public.



//www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebz7sQv4fv4&feature=player_embedded#



Macdonald blasts 'sycophant' Blair

One of Tony Blair's most senior civil servants has launched a savage attack on the former Prime Minister over the Iraq war.

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Tony Blair's attitude to Iraq war 'a disgrace'

The ex-director of public prosecutions has accused Tony Blair of "sycophancy" towards President Bush. Sir Ken MacDonald called the 2003 Iraq war a "foreign policy disgrace of epic proportions".

//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8411326.stm



Chilcot's lessons on Iraq

The preparations for the aftermath of the invasion were criminally inadequate, which led to appalling acts of abuse.

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Blair Private Pact with Bush on Iraq

By Richard Norton-Taylor

Chilcot inquiry reveals former UK Prime Minister 'pledged UK to war in secret notes'.
//www.informationclearinghouse.info/article24375.htm



Hans Blix warned Tony Blair Iraq might not have WMD

The United Nations' former chief weapons inspector in Iraq told the official inquiry into the war that he had cautioned Tony Blair the month before the 2003 invasion about the possibility that no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) would be found.

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Gordon Brown To Face Inquiry Before Election

In a brief statement at the start of the hearing on Friday, inquiry chairman Sir John Chilcot confirmed Mr Brown had taken up an offer to give evidence within the next two months and it is expected he will appear in late February or early March.

//www.express.co.uk/posts/view/153512/PM-to-face-inquiry-before-election


From Information Clearing House

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UK: Illegal, inevitable — Chilcot inquiry casts new doubts on Iraq war

Guardian [UK]

01/12/10

The government’s justification for launching the Iraq war was dramatically undermined today when two separate inquiries cast new light on the build-up to the invasion. Delivering the first independent assessment of the legality of the conflict, an official Dutch inquiry concluded that ‘the military action had no sound mandate in international law.’ It delivered its findings as details of Tony Blair’s support for the conflict emerged in testimony by Alastair Campbell to the Chilcot inquiry in London. … Campbell revealed that the former prime minister had assured President Bush in a series of private letters during 2002 that Britain would support a US-led war against Iraq...

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