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Tony Blair Staff Testimony: Senator Dodd Wanted Iraq War Because of Past Grudges

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The average American may not feel much shame for the Iraq War fiasco or the crippling debt it added to our children's obligations, but our unwillingness to prosecute those responsible sets an example of "superpowered" impunity for the law, that allows any tin pot dictator to point to our armed invasion, human rights abuses or how we've endangered our own children's economic future.

Carne Ross was an experienced British diplomat to the UN who resigned in protest of the Iraq war's illegality. Ross said he can show the UK did not consider available alternatives to military action and says the British Foreign Office is withholding documents that hold keys to the real reasons behind Britain's decision to go to war in Iraq. The BFO claims the documents can "not be found" and have refused to comment further, but only after warning Ross not to refer to a key memo any more! Which is it? Ross maintains that some of the info he wanted to show pertained to a visit by Blair to Syria and failure to deal with a pipeline that was enabling Iraq to illegally export oil.

Another shocker was the testimony of Blair's Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott who suggested high-ranking Democrats were read into an Iraq invasion plot since right after the September 11 attacks. Lord Prescott visited the US a couple of days after 9/11 to meet with Vice President Cheney who was still hiding in a bunker. He also met a number of Democrat Senators, including his friend of 25 years, Chris Dodd, and was "absolutely surprised to find them talking about an aggressive attitude" because "Iraq was unfinished business". Prescott expressed his disbelief to Dodd who repeated Iraq was already in US crosshairs and added "we've got to sort it out".

Prescott claims this was echoed by "chairmen of various defense committees". It was clear they were planning "with us or without us" the Deputy PM reported back to Blair. Noting he wanted to proceed through UN channels, Prescott testified that Blair agreed they needed to try to get the US off this course. Obviously, his course changed when Blair joined Bush's Iraq Team in "sexing up" the flawed intel at the heart of the case for war.

As reported here, Bush later recognized the Iraq War debacle as the greatest failure of his presidency, yet has put the blame on the subordinate intelligence gatherers who reported there was no reason to believe Iraq posed a threat to the US.

US Senators fooled by the Iraq sell-job included Dodd, Hillary Clinton, John McCain and John Edwards. Accurate evidence about WMD was always available to Congress, disproving threat exaggerations by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell and planted propaganda by the NY Times' Judith Miller. Those who read the pertinent NIE and voted no to the AUMF include Senators Feingold, Wellstone, Stabenow, Boxer, Murray, Wyden and 17 more. In the House, 126, or 61% of Democrats voted against the Iraq AUMF.

By 2006, voters said the war was the foremost issue, giving Democrats a Congressional majority in the hope we would investigate the deceit that led Congress to authorize our war on credit. Momentum was lost as ascending speaker Nancy Pelosi declared accountability was "off the table". And again on January 20, 2009, voters were dismayed to see Obama and John Conyers do nothing as Bush's pardon powers expired.

US voters may have been bait-and-switched, but Britain hasn't given up on justice. Consider this article by anti-war activist Lesley Docksey, detailing the many ways determined Brits have been trying to hold former Prime Minister Tony Blair accountable for improperly committing Britain to the wishes of U.S. President George W. Bush's "Iraq Team".

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) was established with the UN, in order to settle disputes and provide legal counsel on request to recognized state bodies or coalitions. But there is little accountability to abide by the court - despite all UN Security Council member states providing judges for the court, only the UK has formally recognized it's jurisdiction. One British ICJ judge, Sir Christopher Greenwood, even helped UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith illegally greenlight the Iraq invasion in March 2003, demonstrating how politics trample the rule of law.

The Hague's International Criminal Court (ICC) was established in 1998, but of the Security Council's Big Five, only the UK and France are actually accountable to the court, with Blair himself signing up Britain in 2001. In 2003, British activists tried to haul Tony Blair into British courts arguing the invasion of Iraq was illegal. Groups such as Legal Action Against War (LAAW), filed complaints with local police forces who opened inquiries.

The ICC cannot consider a prosecution unless efforts to prosecute in the home country have failed. And they did. It is believed the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) instructed the Metropolitan Police Force (the Met) that prosecution was off the table. Local police were offended by this, and by the CPS' letter of explanation that the Dorset Chief Inspector was forbidden to make public. Close watchers feel the exemption relied on state secrecy and technicalities, gleaning "the ICC Act was not detailed enough to allow for prosecution".

Unless a UN member state is attacked, military action is only possible with UNSC authorization. As with Bush in the US, citizens of the UK want to try Blair for war crimes, crimes against humanity, crime of aggression and attempting regime change, all prohibited under international law. The UK and the Dutch have retroactively declared the war illegal, but despite documentation and his own admissions, prosecution of Blair remains stalled. One on-the-record Downing Street document shows in March 2002 there was no evidence suggesting Iraq was a threat to the West, yet included a request to find legal ways to pursue regime change in Iraq while simultaneously acknowledging it's illegality!

Blair made cases he knew were debunked to the UK's House of Commons and Parliament. This was itself a domestic crime, as is "abuse of office" and profiting off criminal activity to the tune of millions (Blair's defense industry kick backs contributed to his ouster). But despite being a provable crime of aggression under his own 2001 ICC Act, Blair has skated on the worst charges because a technicality limits the dates of prosecutable crimes.

Blair still could be pursued under for "war crimes" and "crimes against humanity however. Though the issue saw wide national outrage in 2003 and 2004, Brits are still working today to get Tony Blair into court and seemingly it is secretive "deep state" cover preventing this.

With Blair's deputy PM revealing Chris Dodd and other top-ranking Democrats were intent on attacking Iraq in September of 2001, we see why they would be uninclined to prosecute the crimes Bush's Iraq Team later committed in fixing the facts around the policy.

 

(OpEdNews Contributing Editor since October 2006) Inner city schoolteacher from New York, mostly covering media manipulation. I put election/finance reform ahead of all issues but also advocate for fiscal conservatism, ethics in journalism and (more...)
 

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Hanging Chris Dodd would be insulting to rope. Dod... by Steven G. Erickson on Friday, Oct 8, 2010 at 11:27:28 AM