Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Silencing Chilcot

Three years ago, the UK government approved a wide-ranging inquiry into its involvement in the Iraq war. The inquiry finished taking evidence last year, but hasn't reported back yet. the reson? Because the government won't let them publish crucial evidence:

Fierce opposition in Whitehall to the disclosure of key documents relating to the invasion of Iraq, notably records of discussions between Tony Blair and George Bush, has meant the Chilcot inquiry will not now be able to publish its report for well over a year.

Sir John Chilcot has made it clear in a letter to David Cameron that he and his fellow panel members are deeply frustrated by Whitehall's refusal to release papers, including those that reveal which ministers, legal advisers and officials were excluded from discussions on military action. The papers still kept secret include those relating to MI6 and the government's electronic eavesdropping centre, GCHQ.

The inquiry panel has seen the classified documents in dispute but is being prevented from publishing them.

What a surprise. You'd almost think they didn't want the public to know the truth about how Britain went to war. And then they wonder why no-one has any faith in their whitewashes...