Media Lens: The Great Iraq War Fraud

13 July 2016 — Media Lens

Last week, seven years after the Iraq Inquiry was set up, Sir John Chilcot finally delivered his long-awaited report. Although it stopped short of declaring the Iraq war illegal, and although it failed to examine the real motives for war, the report was not quite the whitewash that had been feared by peace campaigners.

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Media Lens: Corbyn’s Millions – Blair’s Millions

20 April 2016 — Media Lens

While ‘social media’ like Facebook and Twitter are forms of corporate media, it is unarguable that they and other web-based outlets have helped empower a serious challenge to traditional print and broadcast journalism. For the first time in history, uncompromised non-corporate voices are able to instantly challenge the filtered ‘mainstream’ version of events. This certainly helps explain the rise of Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, Podemos in Spain, and now Bernie Sanders in the US.

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British Government Coverup and Whitewash of Iraq War Crimes: The Chilcot Inquiry By Felicity Arbuthnot

 June 2014 —

bliarAmidst howls of “whitewash” from media commentators and interested observers of all political hues, it seems the findings of the Chilcot Inquiry in to the Iraq war are finally to be published by the end of this year.

The Inquiry, Chaired by Sir John Chilcot ran from autumn 2009 to February 2011. Their Report is expected to run to several thousand pages with the total cost incurred from the date of the establishment of the hearings: “on 15th June 2009 up to 31st March 2012 … £6,129,000.”

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UK Prime Minister Covers Up Crimes Against Humanity By Felicity Arbuthnot

19 November 2013 —

Lectures Sri Lanka on Crimes Against Humanity

Hypocrisy, the most protected of vices.
— Moliere, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, 1622-1673

Last week a little more was learned as to the circumventions in Whitehall and Washington delaying the publication of the findings of Sir John Chilcot’s marathon Inquiry into the background of the Iraq invasion.

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US has ‘no veto’ over disclosure of Blair-Bush communications – UK

15 November 2013 — RT

 Reports that the US will veto the disclosure of conversations between former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former US President George W. Bush have been denied by the UK Cabinet Office, which stated that the US does not have a veto.

The communications between the leaders are seen as key pieces of evidence in the inquiry into British involvement in the US-led invasion of Iraq. 

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War Criminals Hide Evidence: US Blocks Publication of Chilcot’s Report on How Britain Went to War With Iraq By James Cusick

15 November 2013 — The Independent 

Department of State’s objection to release of key evidence may prevent inquiry’s conclusions from ever being published, except in heavily redacted form

Washington is playing the lead role in delaying the publication of the long-awaited report into how Britain went to  war with Iraq, The Independent has learnt.

The Chilcot Inquiry. The British Government’s Role in the War on Iraq. Margaret Aldred and the Judicial Coverup By Dr. C. Stephen Frost

9 June 2013 — Global Research


Introductory Note

The Chilcot Inquiry chaired by Sir John Chilcot  was launched in 2009 by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, with the mandate to inquire into role of British government in the Iraq War.

There have been five inquiries in the United Kingdom into the Iraq War: the Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC), the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), the Hutton Inquiry, the Butler Inquiry and the Chilcot Inquiry (the Iraq Inquiry).  Not a single word of evidence at any of those inquiries has been heard under oath.  Sir John Chilcot, presently chairing the Chilcot Inquiry, has the unique distinction of sitting on two of those inquiries: the Butler Inquiry and the Chilcot Inquiry.  Does this not constitute a conflict of interests?

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All 27 UK Foreign Affairs lawyers: Iraq war unlawful. Obama, politicians, US media: no response By Carl Herman

28 January 2010 — The Examiner

All the lawyers in the <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>UK’s <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Foreign Affairs Department concluded the <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>US/<strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>UK invasion of <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Iraq was an unlawful War of Aggression. Their expert advice is the most qualified to make that legal determination; all 27 of them were in agreement. This powerful judgment of unlawful war follows the Dutch government’s recent unanimous report and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s clear statements.  

UK Chilcot Inquiry: “The Iraq War Was Unlawful”. Unanimous Legal Opinion of Foreign Office Lawyers By Carl Herman

4 January 2013 — Washington’s Blog

Cameron government is blocking publication of their “official” report

The UK Cameron government is blocking publication of their “official” report on Iraq war until perhaps 2014 or later, according to the UK’s most popular newspaper website.

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21 January, 2011

Tony Blair appeared a day early to mock the Chilcot Committee, when the iconic picture of him photographing himself — with Iraq in flames in the background — was projected onto the building opposite the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre.

The Chilcot Committee will question Blair on Friday 21 January. Stop the War has called a protest to demand that he is held to account for his war crimes.


PROTEST: Friday 21 January 8am-2pm QEII Conference Centre London SW1P 3EE

Short: Goldsmith ‘misled’ cabinet over Iraq

2 February, 2010 — The Real News Network

Channel 4: Former international development secretary Clare Short accuses Lord Goldsmith, the former attorney general, of misleading the Cabinet over the legality of the Iraq war. Katie Razzall reports.

Cutting Clare Short By William Bowles

3 February, 2010

blairshortBack in February 2004 I wrote a piece about the GCHQ worker Katherine Gun who really did ‘break ranks’ when she blew the lid on the UN spying operation and of Ms. Short’s role in the run-up to the invasion, bits of which I think are worth reprinting here:

“The dirty tricks campaign mounted against members of the UN Security Council that included bullying, bribery and blackmail by the US to get the half dozen recalcitrant members to endorse its invasion of Iraq (a campaign that amazingly failed), has yet again exposed the bumbling English political class as an inept and divided servant of US capital.

“Is there no end to Blair’s screw-ups? Apparently not as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decision not to continue with its case against Katherine Gun for breach of the Official Secrets Act reveals. Apparently afraid that the defence would use the illegal nature of the invasion as part of its defence and that a jury would agree with Ms Gun, at the very last minute the Crown decided not to continue with the prosecution.


“More’s the pity that Ms Short didn’t have the ‘courage of her convictions’ back when it counted, before the war was launched. Her argument, that she thought she would have more influence within the government’s inner circle than outside it, rings hollow when you consider the nature of the present-day politician and the opportunistic nature of the ‘political’ process, where expediency rules. I find it difficult to believe that Ms Short was not aware of how the ruling class rules and Rule #1 is; don’t break ranks. This is after all, the same Ms Short who voted for the war last March.”

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Clare Short says cabinet misled on Iraq war legality

2 February, 2010 — BBC News

Short: “I think he misled the cabinet. He certainly misled me, but people let it through.”

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Inside the mind of a psychopath and the Chilcot ‘Inquiry’ By William Bowles

1 February 2010

blair_smug_appeaserReams have been written about the appearance of Tony Blair at the so-called inquiry. Very few if any have even come close to identifying the real nature of the beast called Tony Blair.

Were he a working class man, head of a crime gang for example, Blair’s ‘pathology’ would have been central to most mainstream media coverage, revealing the class bias in how the the media treat the ruling elites. His judgment, even his arrogance maybe questioned but not his mental state.


There seems to be some disagreement over what constitutes a sociopath or psychopath but in trawling the web I came across all kinds of definitions. For example,

not learning from experience
no sense of responsibility
inability to form meaningful relationships
inability to control impulses
lack of moral sense
chronically antisocial behavior
no change in behavior after punishment
emotional immaturity
lack of guilt
self-centeredness — put it this way:

“[A] person, as a psychopathic personality, whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.“ —

All the sources I looked at came to pretty much the same conclusion and with all of them sharing the following criteria: No sense of responsibility; lack of moral sense; lack of guilt; self-centeredness; not learning from experience. Others stress the psychopath’s inability to empathize. And here’s a quote from another site that has gathered together a summation of all the different interpretations of the word/s.

“They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.” —

And under the heading of ‘Shallow Emotions’ we read:

“When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.”

When searching through the sources I came across the following, also taken from the mcafee site that really hits the spot as a description not only of Tony Blair but of many people in positions that give them virtually absolute power over people’s lives (and deaths).


These people are mentally ill and extremely dangerous!

The following precautions will help to protect you from the destructive acts of which they are capable.

First, to recognize them, keep the following guidelines in mind.

(1) They are habitual liars. They seem incapable of either knowing or telling the truth about anything.

(2) They are egotistical to the point of narcissism. They really believe they are set apart from the rest of humanity by some special grace.

(3) They scapegoat; they are incapable of either having the insight or willingness to accept responsibility for anything they do. Whatever the problem, it is always someone else’s fault.

(4) They are remorselessly vindictive when thwarted or exposed.

(5) Genuine religious, moral, or other values play no part in their lives. They have no empathy for others and are capable of violence. Under older psychological terminology, they fall into the category of psychopath or sociopath, but unlike the typical psychopath, their behavior is masked by a superficial social facade.

If you have come into conflict with such a person or persons, do the following immediately!

(1) Notify your friends and relatives of what has happened. Do not be vague. Name names, and specify dates and circumstances. Identify witnesses if possible and provide supporting documentation if any is available.

Taken in part from MW — By Caroline Konrad — September 1999” —


26 January, 2010

Negotiations between the police and Stop the War broke down today when it became clear that the government is trying to hide our legitimate peaceful protest from Tony Blair when he gives evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry on Friday.

After days in which we were told by the police that they would try to facilitate our protest, Stop the War has been told we will not be allowed to protest on the grass outside the QEII Conference Centre.

This is a denial of our democratic rights and Stop the War will now call for the widest possible mobilisation, not just to express the majority view in this country that Tony Blair should be held to account for war crimes, but in defence of the right to protest.

Why should the public be denied the right to peaceful protest, particularly when the latest evidence given to the Chilcot Committee shows beyond doubt that Tony Blair knew he was taking Britain into an illegal war, and that he doctored legal advice to deceive his Cabinet, Parliament and the British public.

Stop the War is calling on all its supporters, local groups and affiliated organisations to mobilise the widest possible support for the Blair protest on Friday.

We urge everyone who can to join the demonstration at the QEII Conference Centre from 8am. Full details for the planned events are here:

Spread the word as widely as you can among your family, friends, work colleagues, fellow students etc, etc


Friday 29 January from 8.00am onwards
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
Broad Sanctuary, London, SW1P 3EE
Nearest tube: Westminster
Tel: 020 7801 2768




The police are aiming to keep protesters out of sight this Friday when Tony Blair appears at the Iraq Inquiry.

Today’s newspapers say the police are considering a ring of steel and an exclusion zone round the QEII Conference Centre in Westminster, where the Inquiry is held.


This contradicts a statement by Scotland Yard yesterday that they aim to “facilitate the protest as best we can”.

Stop the War has demanded the right to protest on the grass immediately outside the conference centre. The police are refusing to say whether they will allow this.

To which Lindsey German, National Convenor of Stop the War, has responded: “It would be outrageous if the police were used to keep the public away from Tony Blair. Our right to peaceful protest must not be curtailed for political purposes. We are asking for the biggest possible turn out on Friday to defend the right to protest and make it clear to the world that the majority here think Tony Blair is guilty of war crimes.”

Among those attending the all-day protest are writers, musicians, Iraqi exiles, the families of soldiers killed in Iraq, well known actors, human rights lawyers and ordinary citizens from across the country. (Events timetable here:

Military families who lost loved ones in Iraq will be joining the protests and 23 of them have written a letter to Blair requesting a personal meeting after he has completed his evidence:

“Our loved ones died in the Iraq war. This Friday we will be attending the Inquiry led by Sir John Chilcot. Please would you extend us the courtesy of a short private meeting after you have given your evidence to the Inquiry. If you could permit us 15 minutes out of your busy schedule we would be very grateful. This would assist the families in bringing some form of closure to the whole sorry episode of the Iraq war.”

They await Blair’s reply. He has refused repeatedly over the past six years all requests to meet with the bereaved families.

Please try to join Stop the War, the military families, CND and other organisations on Friday and publicise the protest as widely as you can.

Friday 29 January from 8.00am onwards
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre Broad Sanctuary, London, SW1P 3EE
Nearest tube: Westminster

For a timetable of the day’s events, please go to:

Tel: 020 7801 2768