When all the NATO’s medias spread false news on “Syrian chemical weapons”, as pretext to a new US and NATO aggression, July 23 remembers us the similar and infamous case of Iraq in 2002 …
PCN-SPO with Syria Committees – Consortium News – London Times /
2012 07 23 /
It’s today an important date — the tenth anniversary of a sad day for British and U.S. intelligence on Iraq. On July 23, 2002 at a meeting at 10 Downing Street, then-MI6 head, John Dearlove, briefed Prime Minister Tony Blair and other senior officials on his talks with his American counterpart, CIA Director George Tenet, in Washington three days before.
In the official minutes of that briefing (now known as the “Downing Street Memo”), which were leaked to the LONDON TIMES and published on May 1, 2005, Dearlove explains that George Bush has decided to attack Iraq and the war was to be "justified by the conjunction of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction."
When then-Foreign Secretary Jack Straw points out that the case was "thin," Dearlove explains matter-of-factly, "The intelligence and facts are being fixed around the policy."
There is no sign in the minutes that anyone hiccupped — much less demurred — at making a case for war and furthering Blair's determination to join Bush in launching the kind of "war of aggression" outlawed by the Nuremberg Tribunal after World War II and by the United Nations Charter.
Helped by the acquiescence of its chief spies, the Blair government mainlined into the body politic un-assessed, raw intelligence and forged documents, with disastrous consequences for the world.
UK, – as US and NATO – citizens were spoon-fed fake intelligence in the September Dossier (2002) and then, just six weeks before the attack on Iraq, the "Dodgy Dossier," based largely on a 12-year old PhD thesis culled from the Internet — all presented by spy and politician alike as ominous premonitory intelligence.
So was made the case for war. All lies, resulting in hundreds of thousands dead and maimed and millions of Iraqis displaced — yet no one held to account.
Sir Richard Dearlove, who might have prevented this had he had the integrity to speak out, was allowed to retire with full honors and became the Master of a Cambridge college. John Scarlett, who as chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee signed off on the fraudulent dossiers, was rewarded with the top spy job at MI6 and a knighthood. George W. Bush gave George Tenet the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest civilian award.
As analyst of the US Consortium News says : “What need have we for further proof? "So are they all, all honorable men" — reminiscent of those standing with Brutus in Shakespeare's play, but with no Mark Antony to expose them and stir the appropriate popular reaction.Therein lies the problem: instead of being held accountable, these "honorable men" were, well, honored. Their soft landings offer a noxious object lesson for ambitious bureaucrats who are ready to play fast and loose with the truth and trim their sails to the prevailing winds.”
“Ill-begot honors offer neither deterrent nor disincentive to current and future intelligence chiefs tempted to follow suit and corrupt intelligence rather than challenge their political leaders with hard, un-"fixed" facts. Integrity? In this milieu integrity brings one knowing smirks rather than honors. And it can get you kicked out of the club.”
Now the media lies machine is again on the move to path the way to a new NATO aggression against Syria. With the olf fake intelligence report on Syrian WMD …
(*) Inquiry on the “Downing Street Memo” on :