The Glittering Prizes: War Crime Continues To Pay - By Chris Floyd (6/7/10) PDF Print E-mail
Chris Floyd   
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 10:16

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"The world continues to offer glittering prizes to those who have stout hearts and sharp swords." -- F.E. Smith, Earl of Birkenhead

Another day, another glittering prize for one of the great war criminals of our day. We speak of course of that tanned and gurning jackanapes, Anthony Charles Lynton Blair.

It was announced this week that Blair would be receiving a great big bushel basket of simoleons -- a hundred thousand of them -- from some U.S. outfit called The National Constitution Center. It seems the sinister twit has been awarded the Center's "Liberty Medal" for, among other things, his "steadfast efforts to broker peace" in the Middle East, as the BBC reports.



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This May Be Britain's Abu Ghraib - The Allegations Of Torture By British Soldiers In Iraq Bear Chilling Comparison With America's Worst Excesses - By Phil Shiner and Tessa Gregory (5/7/10) PDF Print E-mail
Phil Shiner and Tessa Gregory   
Monday, 05 July 2010 09:39

The Guardian

The inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa is due to report by the end of the year. It will detail how Mousa died in Iraq in September 2003, allegedly brutalised by British soldiers in a "free for all"; and how it was that he and nine other men in the same incident were allegedly hooded, forced into painful stress positions, and deprived of sleep, food and water.

The Guardian article this week, which reported that many more civilians died in army custody than previously thought, should shock the conscience of the nation. The evidence of Lieutenant Colonel Mercer to the inquiry reveals that as early as May 2003 – four months before Mousa's death – there were "a number of deaths in custody" with "various units". It appears there were, by then, at least nine deaths. The Ministry of Defence refuses to answer questions from us or the Guardian as to where, how or why these Iraqis died, and refuses to confirm or deny whether any of these deaths were ever investigated and if so with what outcome.



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Sinking Ship - The Attack On The Gaza Relief Flotilla Jeopardizes Israel Itself - By John J. Mearsheimer (2/7/10) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 July 2010 15:22

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Revealed: Tony Blair's Battle With Law Chief After Warning Iraq War Would Be Illegal - By Tim Shipman (2/7/10) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 July 2010 10:27

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Iraq War Legal Advice Published - Iraq Inquiry Publishes Legal Advice To Blair On War - By BBC News (2/7/10) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 July 2010 10:20

The Iraq inquiry has released details of the legal advice given to Tony Blair prior to the invasion of Iraq after the documents were de-classified.

Copies of the draft legal advice given by former attorney general Lord Goldsmith was previously kept secret despite calls for it to be published.

The Cabinet Office said it had decided to de-classify now because of the "very exceptional" nature of the inquiry.

There has been long running controversy over whether the war was lawful.

In his evidence to the inquiry in January, Lord Goldsmith acknowledged he had changed his mind on whether a second UN resolution was needed ahead of military action in March 2003.



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