Archive for 'Evidence' Category

Still no wiser about knowing the unknowns

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014

by Andrew Mason Most regular readers here will be aware of the recent wider US and international release of documentary maker Errol Morris’ film “The Unknown Known”. This production, filmed in 2013 partly by means of the director’s own ‘Interrotron’ projection technique, is largely an extended interview with former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. [...]

The US five-year rule

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Monday, January 20, 2014

by Andrew Mason Today is the fifth anniversary of US President Barack Obama first taking the oath of office to assume ultimate responsibility for the well-being of his nation – put another way it is also exactly five years since the end of George W. Bush’s presidential administration. This means that it is now possible [...]

Is Heywood to blame – or Chilcot?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The BBC follows the Mail and Times in reporting that The UK’s top civil servant should no longer have responsibility for deciding which documents sought by the Iraq Inquiry should be declassified, a former foreign secretary has said. Lord Owen said Sir Jeremy Heywood should not be the final “arbiter” because he worked closely with [...]

Obama’s own smokeless gun?

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

by Andrew Mason With three new ‘dossiers’ on Syrian WMD capabilities now published, all saying much the same thing and none providing any hard evidence of Bashar al-Assad’s direct involvement in the August 21 chemical incidents in the Ghouta district of Damascus, it is probably worth revisiting one particular previous US claim about the existence [...]

Syria and the question of deployed WMD

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

by Andrew Mason With outside military action seemingly becoming more likely as a result of the counter-claimed chemical weapons usage by one side or the other in the ongoing Syrian crisis, it is also rapidly becoming more obvious that the lessons to be drawn from the outcome of the Chilcot Inquiry need to learned as [...]

Dr David Kelly – not to be mentioned at Inquiry

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Sunday, March 24, 2013

by Andrew Mason Writing for The Mail on Sunday, Miles Goslett reports that Carne Ross, formerly the first secretary to the UK Mission at the UN with responsibility for Iraq, has now spoken out about being restricted from discussing the late Dr David Kelly CMG whilst giving evidence to the Iraq Inquiry. A former British [...]

Learning the lessons without Chilcot

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Sunday, February 17, 2013

By Chris Ames It is, to say the least, unfortunate that the tenth anniversary of the invasion will come and go without a report from the Inquiry and of course reflections have already begun ten years on from the biggest of the anti-war marches. The Inquiry website currently features a list of excuses as to [...]

Ten years on – the reflection begins

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

by Andrew Mason As we now approach the tenth anniversary of the March 2003 invasion of Iraq it appears that there is likely to be some significant re-examination of some of the supposedly “solid” evidence that became the major casus belli for this now recognisably illicit military intervention – namely that Iraq remained in possession [...]

An open letter to the Information Commissioner

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Sunday, August 26, 2012

by Andrew Mason Following the non-release by means of veto of the March 13 and 17 2003 cabinet minutes, Dr Christopher Lamb, the originator of two Freedom of Information requests seeking the release of these records, has now written an open letter to the Information Commissioner. This letter asks the Commissioner to commission his lawyers [...]

Will the LibDems join the cover-up?

By chrislamb - Last updated: Monday, July 30, 2012

by Chris Lamb On 4 July, the Information Commissioner’s Office issued a Decision Notice (as yet unpublished) for my second Freedom of Information request for the Cabinet minutes of 13 and 17 March 2003 to be disclosed. This upholds the ICO’s previous Decision Notice of 2008 and the ruling of the Information Tribunal (January 2009) [...]