28
Jan
09

Search for History’s Sake the Guilty

Be a veteran of a war gone by I fully support our troops in both Iraqi and Afghanistan.  Further more I support our newly elected President to the fullest, who has in sense has decided not to investigate the past administration cover up of undisclosed facts leading up to the war with Iraqi or the horrendous, unconceivable torture of both the terrorists and citizens of these two countries.

However, I do feel, contrary to President Obama perhaps, that we must investigate what took place in our government before and during these two expensive conflicts and make it be known through the Freedom of Information Act, as soon as possible.  If only for history’s sake!

Recently on YouTube, a video pertaining to the British government’s involvement was produced and published which poses additional questions about the day’s before the Iraqi War began.  Here again, other are seeking to find answers to necking concerns of how the international community could be remiss in believing everything the Bush Administration led us to believe.

Here the YouTube video entitled “Investigation Into 2003 Iraq Invasion” with the producer’s commentary, which accompanied the video.

UK Ministers have been ordered to release minutes of the cabinet meetings which discussed the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

The Information Tribunal upheld a decision that details of the March 13 and 17 sessions should be disclosed.

The sessions covered whether invasion was allowed under international law. Ministers failed to block the Freedom of Information bid to release minutes.

Downing Street said it was considering its response. The Lib Dems and Tories repeated calls for an Iraq war inquiry.

“The people who took these decisions, which were incredibly controversial, should be held to account,” he told the BBC News channel.

“And unfortunately the Labour government has put up a wall of secrecy, in the years since 2003, and prevented the full facts from coming out.”

Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman Ed Davey repeated the Lib Dems’ call for a full inquiry into the Iraq war, something the government has agreed to in principle without setting a date for it.

On the eve of war, 17 March, Lord Goldsmith’s opinion unequivocally saying military action was legal was presented to cabinet, MPs and the military and published.

However, after long-running reports that he had changed his mind as the planned invasion approached, his initial lengthy advice given to Tony Blair on 7 March was leaked and then published in 2005.

This advice raised a number of questions and concerns about the possible legality of military action against Iraq without a second UN resolution and was never shown to the cabinet.

The then prime minister Tony Blair defended his decision not to show the cabinet the full advice, saying that Lord Goldsmith had attended the cabinet in person and was able to answer any legal questions and explain his view.

Also to follow along with this posting is a just released announcement by the American Civil Liberties Union entitled “ACLU Calls On Justice Department To Release Bush Administration Torture And Surveillance Memos.

In a letter sent to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) today, the American Civil Liberties Union requested the release of secret memos that provided the legal basis for many of the Bush administration’s controversial national security policies. The Justice Department continues to withhold many legal opinions, including memos purporting to allow torture and warrantless surveillance. The ACLU has previously sought the memos through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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