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The Curveball That Cost A Million Iraqi Lives

Recent revelations have shown that Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, the “intel asset” known upto now only as “Curveball”, as being the renowned source of the false intelligence on Iraq’s non existent WMD’s.

Now that the truth about the lies and propaganda has been revealed, you can expect the cheerleaders of the illegal invasion – Blair, Campbell, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell and countless others – will attempt to amend the construct of their argument, don’t blame us guv’ we were the innocent party in all of this, if there’s someone to blame, it’s Al-Janabi.

Are we to believe that the most advanced intelligence agencies in the world can be duped so easily?

Even a simple layman like myself would want to test the evidence by simply seeking some sort of corroboration from other sources to have it validated.

It rings true doesn’t it?

So why didn’t this cross the minds of the geniuses at Whitehall, the Ministry of Defence, the Cabinet Office and the Joint Intelligence Committee’s?

Carne Ross has over fifteen years diplomatic experience in the British Foreign Office and United Nations and served as the speechwriter to the British Foreign Secretary. He also spent four and a half years as First Secretary for the UK delegation on the UN Security Council, where he was the delegation’s Middle East “expert”.

He has gone on the record to state at the Chilcot inquiry:

“…the UK assessment of the Iraqi threat that were, in their totality, lies.”

Let’s be clear, there was no credible evidence of substantial stocks of WMD in Iraq.

Yet it was this cross referencing of evidence that was so clearly abandoned in advance of the invasion.

Instead it was reports that suited the story of an imminent Iraqi threat that were picked out, polished and formed the basis of public claims like Colin Powell’s presentation to the UN security council, or the No 10 dossier.

This was exactly how a false case for war was constructed: not by the deliberate creation of a falsehood, but by willfully and secretly manipulating the evidence to exaggerate the importance of reports like Curveball’s, and to ignore contradictory evidence.

This was a subtle process, elaborated from report to report, in such a way that allowed officials themselves to believe that they were not deliberately lying – more editing, perhaps, or simplifying for public presentation.

The stark reality is that the war in Iraq never ended after Oil War I in 1991, the decade long bombing sorties and collective punishment of crippling sanctions is testament to that.

The war mongers were bending over backwards to instil a new puppet in Iraq, for decades Saddam did the bidding that “Western Foreign Policy” dictated, fighting a decade long war against neighbouring Iran, gassing his own people, all with training and weaponry courtesy of his western sponsors. But once the dog bites the masters hand, the dog has to be put down.

In essence, that’s what the illegal invasion of Iraq was all about, it wasn’t about WMD’s or yellow cake, or helping the people escape the clutches of a tyrannical regime, it was all about regime change, and using brutal shock and awe to achieve it.

In baseball parlance, a curveball is one that is pitched to deceive the batsman into taking a swing, the ball, unbeknownst to the batsman is on a trajectory which will cause him to swing and miss his target. Never has such a simple metaphor been truer, or more deadly.

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The “Suicide” Murder of WMD Expert Dr. David Kelly To Be Reinvestigated

Six doctors who believe government scientist David Kelly was murdered have launched a ground-breaking legal action to demand the inquest into his death is reopened, The Daily Telegraph reported recently.

They are to publish a hard-hitting report which they claim proves the weapons expert did not commit suicide as the Hutton Report decided.

They have also engaged lawyers to write to Attorney General Baroness Scotland and the coroner Nicholas Gardiner calling for a full re-examination of the circumstances of his death.

The doctors are asking for permission to go to the High Court to reopen the inquest on the grounds that it was improperly suspended. If Baroness Scotland rejects that demand, or the court turns them down, their lawyers say they will have grounds to seek judicial review of the decision.

Dr Kelly was found dead at a beauty spot near his Oxfordshire home in 2003, days after he was exposed as the source of a story that Tony Blair’s government ‘sexed-up’ its dossier on Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction to justify invading Iraq.

In one final phone conversation, he told a caller he wouldn’t be surprised

‘if my body was found in the woods’.

The inquest into Dr Kelly’s death was suspended before it could begin by order of the then Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer. He used the Coroners Act to designate the Hutton Inquiry as ‘fulfilling the function of an inquest’.

Lord Falconer, a former flatmate of Tony Blair, was also responsible for picking Lord Hutton to run the inquiry.

But the doctors claim that the original inquest was never formally closed and should now be allowed to hold a proper inquiry.

The six are Michael Powers, a QC and former coroner; trauma surgeon David Halpin; Andrew Rouse, an epidemiologist who established that deaths from cutting the ulnar artery – as claimed in Dr Kelly’s case – are extremely rare; Martin Birnstingl, another surgeon; plus Stephen Frost and Chris Burns-Cox.

Lord Hutton concluded that Dr Kelly killed himself by severing an ulnar artery in his left wrist after taking an overdose of prescription painkillers but he skated over the controversies about the causes of death.

The bulk of his report was dedicated to the political row between Downing Street and the BBC, which revealed the sexing-up of the dossier.

Dr Kelly’s death certificate states that he died of a haemorrhage, but the results of a post mortem examination have never been made public.

Crucially, the doctors say that Lord Hutton had no witnesses on oath and did not have to make a finding, as the coroner does, beyond a reasonable doubt.

The doctors tried to persuade the coroner to reopen his inquest in 2004 but were rejected because they were not judged to be ‘properly interested persons’ with the authority to demand an inquiry.

Now they have hired human rights lawyers Leigh Day & Co to challenge the use of the Coroners Act to close the inquest.

A source close to the doctors said: ‘Lord Falconer is on record saying this is a “useful little law” but it was set up to avoid multiple inquests in cases where there were multiple deaths.

It has been used for victims of train crashes and the Harold Shipman case but Dr Kelly’s was not a multiple death.

‘We argue that that’s an abuse of due process. The lawyers have sent the letters this week.

We have concentrated on the finding on the death certificate that the primary cause of death was a haemorrage. We are spelling out why he could not have died from a cut to the small ulnar artery.’

One of the doctors, who preferred not to be named, added:

‘When the Romans committed suicide they would slit all four arteries in a warm bath, which keeps the blood flowing. The arteries would close up in the open air and you would not lose that much blood.’

A book on the unanswered questions surrounding the case by Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker concluded that Dr Kelly may have been murdered by MI5 and the CIA amongst others.

Dr Kelly’s family have never commented publicly on his death.

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