Blair government

Delayed publication of the Chilcot report

The 10th anniversary of the publication of the Commission report has just passed.

This message was sent to the following UK media: Daily Mail, Express, Telegraph, Guardian, Observer, The Times, The Sunday Times, Independent, Evening Standard, Channel 4 News and ITN news.

I am writing with reference to the continued delay in the publication of the Chilcot report into the invasion of Iraq.

Given Lady Butler-Sloss was forced to stand down over a perceived conflict of interest, I hope the information contained in this letter will be useful.

The mandated investigation timeframe for the enquiry is “the period from the summer of 2001 to the end of July 2009” and hence encompasses the 9.11 attack. No evidence was found to link Iraq to 9.11 and a UK report entitled “Responsibility for the Terrorist Atrocities in the United States” published in October 2001 forewarns the reader with a caveat stating “This document does not purport to provide prosecutable case against Osama Bin Laden in a court of law”. So the evidence was good enough for two illegal invasions but not for a jury.

Letters demand enquiry into UK involvement in Afghanistan

My local newspaper has published two letters. One from my campaigning colleague two weeks ago and the response is from myself this week. The circulation is about 20,000.

 

Dr David Kelly's autopsy & medical reports classified for 70 years

The mysterious 'suicide' of the scientist who criticised the Blair government's justifications for invading Iraq is set to remain mysterious for 70 years. Article from the London Daily Mail at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1245705/Cover-claims-David-Kelly-post-mortem-set-stay-wraps-70-years.html

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Medical records which could shed light on the death of government scientist David Kelly are to be kept secret for 70 years, it emerged yesterday.

In an unprecedented move, Lord Hutton, the man who chaired the inquiry into the mysterious death, ordered that vital evidence including Dr Kelly's post mortem will be kept under wraps until the 2070s.

The revelation, which sparked further claims of a cover-up, comes just days before Tony Blair is due to give evidence to the Chilcott inquiry into the Iraq War.

Dr Kelly's body was found in July 2003 in woods near his Oxfordshire home, only days after it emerged he was the source of a BBC story which claimed evidence against Iraq had been 'sexed up' to justify invasion.