Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/309/12622

From The Socialist newspaper, 19 July 2003

Weapons of mass destruction: A Web Of Lies From Day One

THE JUSTIFICATION for Bush and Blair launching a destructive war on Iraq was based on a lie. Who says so? CIA director George Tenet.

The US chief spook now admits he was wrong to let part of an 'intelligence dossier' compiled by Tony Blair's government be included in George Bush's state of the union speech last January.

Tony Blair's much criticised "dodgy dossier" of September 2002 claimed that Saddam Hussein had sought a new source of uranium from the African state of Niger to reactivate a nuclear weapons programme.

This claim was investigated by the International Atomic Energy Agency and found to be based on forged documents.

Moreover, former United Nations chief weapons inspector Hans Blix has rubbished Blair's claims that the Iraqi dictator could launch weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) against British interests ie. Cyprus, within 45 minutes.

But why stop at telling just a couple of whoppers - Blair can make a whole industry out of lying. Unrepentant, Blair said on 13 July: "Nobody was in any doubt of the threat posed by Saddam...

"When we see the Iraqi people making at last the first tentative steps towards self-government announced today and when the UN representative is already talking about 300,000 people in mass graves, then I hope that at least one thing we can agree on, the world is more secure, Iraq is a better place."

No, I don't think we can Tony! On the day that the US's 'pro-consul' in Iraq, Paul Bremer, inaugurated his unelected, hand-picked 'government', another bomb expl-oded in Baghdad.

Meanwhile, Iraqi civilian and US and British military casualties steadily mount in the anarchy that passes as a country.

And with mass unemployment, growing poverty, a wrecked infrastructure, inter-ethnic and social conflict, an increasingly despised US/British occupation force preoccupied with oil production and privatisation, the world isn't "more secure" nor is Iraq "a better place".


Guantanamo Bay: In the name of "freedom"

"HONOR BOUND to Defend Freedom" reads the sign at US maximum security Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Inside 680 men from 42 countries are being held - rounded up following George W Bush's declaration of 'war on terror'.

The cells are 2 metres by 2.5 metres. The prisoners are allowed out for half an hour a day, bound hand and foot.

Manny Thain

Six are to stand trial. Among them, Ferroz Abbasi, 23, from Croydon, Surrey, and Moazzam Begg, 35, from Sparkbrook, Birmingham.

What they may or may not have done is not the issue here. That they won't get anything approaching a 'fair' trial is.

They have been held for 18 months, firstly at Bagram airbase, Afghanistan, then at Guantanamo Bay. They have not been charged.

The Pentagon 'Appointing Authority', under defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld, will appoint the tribunal to try them and can remove a judge at any time without giving a reason.

The suspects will be denied a free choice of defence counsel. They will be unable to cross-examine witnesses.

Much of the evidence will be heard behind closed doors, and can be submitted by telephone and under pseudonym.

If a right of appeal is incorporated, it will be to another panel appointed by the Pentagon.

The six face a stark choice: plead guilty and accept a 20-year prison sentence; or be executed if found guilty.

The threat of brutality to extract information or confessions is regarded in 'international law' as worthless.

According to Matthias Kelly, chairman of the Bar Council, tribunals "flout just about every rule of international law.

"There is a complete ignorance of international legal standards explicit in the process". (Financial Times, 12 July)

In the name of 'freedom', the US regime argues that since Guantanamo Bay is not on US soil the detainees are not subject to US law.

And designating them "unlawful combatants" means that they are not covered by the Geneva convention. Clearly, the only rules the White House follow are those in its own interests.

Campaigners want them to stand trial in Britain. Most of the evidence, however, would be inadmissible in a British court - or in the US for that matter.

Last year, Bush told people to 'remember' that those "in Guantanamo Bay are killers. Terrorists. They don't share the same values we share". Bush doesn't want to repatriate them only to see them walk free.

And Tony Blair has shown no intention of raising any serious criticism. This week he flies to the White House to receive a reward for his obedient service to the brutal domination of US imperialism.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 19 July 2003:

Tony Blair: Time To Go!

Devon Bus Workers Fight Low Pay

Right Wing Booed Out Of PCS Leadership

Say No To Poverty Wages

Iraq Watch:

Whipps Cross hospital workers: "Where we fight, we win"

Asylum Seekers Fear Repression

Kirklees Nursery nurses: United Action Gave Us Confidence

Fight For Trade Union Rights In Colombia


Socialist Party features

Low Pay - No Way!

Reclaiming Feminism?

Weapons of mass destruction: A Web Of Lies From Day One

Gay Rights Aren't Only For Bishops

Genetic engineering: Science And Big Business


International socialist news and analysis

Kazakhstan: Foundry workers fight for nationalisation of factory

Africa in Crisis: Development reversed by Capitalism

"Stop The Reform Or We Will Stop The Country"


 

Home   |   The Socialist 19 July 2003   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Guantanamo:

triangleNews in brief

triangleFast news: My Lords, Ladies and cash dispenser

US:

triangleTrump's tax plan: Robin Hood in reverse

triangleMobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

triangleThem & us

triangleTrump's tax attacks

Iraq:

triangleKurdish referendum declared illegal

triangle'From Militant to the Socialist Party' - new book now available

triangleHow Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party

Tony Blair:

triangleLeft comic's take on politics will have you in tears

triangleFilm - Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beast

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

8/12/17

Government

Local government pay: fight for the 5% claim, fully funded

6/12/17

Labour

Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

6/12/17

NHS

Branson sues NHS: kick out the profiteers

6/12/17

Immigration

Royal wedding exposes them-and-us visa system

6/12/17

Banks

RBS to sack 1,000: nationalise the banks

6/12/17

Homelessness

Rough sleeping crisis: make homes, not arrests

6/12/17

Poverty

End Tory war on poor

6/12/17

Rail

Nationalise rail now

29/11/17

Them & Us

Them & us

29/11/17

Homes

Tory housing policy: build zilch, hike prices

29/11/17

Wages

Make the Tories history

29/11/17

Birmingham

Birmingham bin workers win!

29/11/17

British economy

Amber warning lights flash on British economy

23/11/17

Pay

After the budget - unions must launch pay fight

22/11/17

Climate change

Carbon dioxide hits 800,000-year high: end profit-driven pollution

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle8 Dec Local government pay: fight for the full 5% claim

triangle6 Dec Strikers rally in Liverpool

triangle6 Dec Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

triangle5 Dec Victory at Glenfield shows people power can save our NHS

triangle5 Dec Labour council Blairites deselected

triangle30 Nov Victory: Glenfield Children's Heart Centre saved!

triangle30 Nov Dramatic retelling of Grunwick strike

More ...

triangle11 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Campaigning workshop

triangle11 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas Quiz

triangle12 Dec Birmingham South East Socialist Party: Can the Labour Party be changed?

triangle12 Dec Liverpool Socialist Party: Fighting council cuts

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2