Blair War Crimes Foundation

Go have a look @ BlairFoundation

It is necessary to make leaders hesitate before indulging in “the paramount war crime” to quote the judges of Nuremberg, of “unprovoked aggression against a defenceless country”. Unless leaders fear that they might be tried for their war crimes, we will live in an increasingly violent world, where The Geneva Conventions are treated as a joke, the UN is of no account, and death, destruction, torture, and repressive policing are commonplace. At the moment such leaders enjoy more and more trappings of power, and retire with vast sums of money, houses, medals and lucrative contracts. A group of UK Citizens have therefore set up an organisation, “The Blair War Crimes Foundation”, to initially bring one such leader to justice as an example.

Read their Letter of charges and Join the signatories (ht2 Craig Murray). Signatories already include- John Pilger, David Halpin, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Ken Loach, Noam Chomsky, Richard Dawkins, Lindsey German, Ben Griffin, Dr Nawal Saadawi, Haifa Zangana, Dr Kamil Mahdi, Bruce Kent.

PS. A good answer to Blair’s $1 million ‘Leadership Award‘ from…well Israel for all intents & purposes, a rather obvious bribe.

Irony Still Dead

Religion must be rescued from extremism and irrelevance, the former prime minister Tony Blair said tonight when he made his first major speech in Britain since stepping down last year.

Yes, people who pray daily while lying a country into a bloody war of aggression really are a fucking menace.

Blair, His Masters Voice

In an appearance before a European Parliament panel, Blair did not call for direct talks with Hamas, which seized Gaza in June and is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.

But he said it was urgent for more food and other goods to reach Palestinians living under desperate conditions in the Gaza strip.

“If we have learned anything from the past few months it is that the present strategy in Gaza is not working,” said Blair. The former British prime minister is now a special envoy for the so-called “Quartet” of Mideast peacemakers, comprised of the United States, the EU, Russia and the United Nations.

“We need a strategy which isolates the extremists and helps the people,” he added. “At the moment, if we are not careful, we got the opposite …. That is not intelligent.”

The former British prime minister also suggested the current peace process — launched at a summit in Annapolis, Md., last fall — was starting to run on empty.

He said the Middle East was “approaching crunch time,” adding there must be visible results by May if there is to be an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by year’s end, as planned.

The former EU President Josep Borrell did less of a ventriloquist act-

“The politics of isolating Hamas has not brought any benefits. You cannot make arrangements with just one part of the other side,” said Spanish lawmaker Josep Borrell, former president of the European Parliament who now presides the assembly’s development committee. 

‘Peacemaker’ yeah and I squirt chocolate fudge out of my bum, have a nice big bowl Tony.

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Standards Decline At Failing Universities

Sadly struggling US institutions are not getting the help they need and continue to speed their own decline with poor decisions and failure to recruit capable staff. Worse is that many graduates of these failed institutions go on to a life of crime at a huge social cost to the nation. Surely the time is coming when people must take the matter in hand and close down these intellectually bereft disasters. As their existence is prolonged it appears they are becoming hotbeds of dangerous ideologies that call for violence to reshape the world to their narrow fundamentalist vision, exporting this dangerous cancer overseas further destabilising countries already racked by vicious dictatorships.

Still at least I think he’s given up on the EU job. (ht2 Chicken Yoghurt)

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Lies Deployed In Under 45 Minutes, Truth- Not So Much

Chris Ames in The New Statesman-

The government has been forced to publish the secret first draft of the Iraq WMD dossier written by a Foreign Office spin doctor…The secret first draft of the Iraq WMD dossier written by Foreign Office spin doctor John Williams has finally been published after a ruling back in January under the Freedom of Information Act. The document contains an early version of the executive summary of the next draft, which was attributed to Intelligence chief John Scarlett. The document places a spin doctor at the heart of the process of drafting the dossier and blows a hole in the government’s evidence to the Hutton Inquiry.

Last month the Foreign Office was ordered by the Information Tribunal to hand over the Williams draft, which I first requested under the Freedom of Information Act in February 2005. From the time that the row first erupted over Andrew Gilligan’s allegations that the dossier had been sexed-up, the government has claimed that Scarlett’s draft, produced on 10 September 2002, was the first full draft and produced without interference from spin doctors. But the Williams draft, dated a day earlier, shows that spin doctors were sexing up the dossier at the time the notorious 45 minutes claim was included.

Initially the government withheld the draft from the Hutton Inquiry. Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s director of communications, denied its existence. But when Scarlett admitted that Williams had done some early drafting, the BBC asked to see it. The government then supplied a copy of the draft to Lord Hutton but told him that it was “not taken forward” because a “fresh start” was made with Scarlett’s draft. Confirmation that Scarlett took up elements of Williams’s drafting shows that the government misled Hutton…

The draft also shows that Williams was responsible for a number of key changes that strengthened the dossier’s claims. His executive summary claimed that Iraq had “acquired” uranium. Previous versions only alleged the material had been “sought”. Scarlett’s draft also alleged that Iraq had got hold of uranium, stating that it had “purchased” it. Williams appears largely to have been working on a version of the dossier that was produced during the summer of 2002, before Tony Blair announced in September of that year that a dossier would be published.

So Gilligan was right, Hutton was a wash and in other reporting David Kelly is referred to as a suicide, which apparently must be the sexed up version of assassination these days. The uranium claim we know was part of a grift cooked up by neo-cons, co-ordinated by Michael Ledeen and perpetrated in Italy. It was laundered by them into UK intelligence so the Bush could then say the source was British intelligence. At no point was this ‘faulty’ intel, or a ‘mistake’ this was cold, calculated, malice aforethought, deliberate fraud to enable an illegal & immoral war of aggression. So when do we take these crooks down? When?

Stop Blair!

Via (fittingly) Blairwatch– Stop Blair ! Petition against the nomination of Tony Blair as “President of the European Union.

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Blair & Co-conspirators Are Being Investigated By Scotland Yard Over War Crimes

Fuck Yeah! All hail Landsker who alerted me to this in comments and to whom I must beg forgiveness for not blogrolling him, but not anymore! And now the news-

Press Release: Scotland Yard to investigate Tony Blair and ex-Attorney General Peter Goldsmith for war crimes

Press Conference,
Room C, 1 Parliament Street
Tuesday 15th January 2008 3pm

John McDonnell MP, Chris Coverdale: International War Law Expert and Annie Machon of the Campaign to Make War History brief MPs and the media on allegations of war crimes committed against the people of Iraq by Britain’s former Prime Minister and former Attorney General.

Officers from Scotland Yard have commenced a criminal investigation into the deaths of Iraqi citizens killed during the armed invasion and occupation of Iraq. The Metropolitan Police are acting in response to crimes reported by peace activists from We Are Change UK and The Campaign to Make War History. In an unprecedented step, the case was handed to the War Crimes division of the Counter Terrorism branch who are now investigating allegations of 14 criminal offences committed by Tony Blair, Lord Goldsmith and others. The offences are under the International Criminal Court Act 2001, which came into effect under English common law, just two days before 9/11.

Two Members of We Are Change UK and a representative from the Campaign to Make War History were interviewed for six hours at Belgravia Police station on the 20th December 2007. Evidence was provided to the police relating to the crimes of:-

• genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and conduct ancillary to these crimes under Sections 51 and 52 of The International Criminal Court Act 2001.
• a crime against peace and complicity in a crime against peace under Articles 6 and 7 of The Nuremburg Principles.
• murder, incitement to murder and conspiracy to murder under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.
• conspiracy to commit genocide, a crime against humanity and war crimes under the Criminal Law Act 1977.

Video of press conference-

It’s a start, I can imagine even now senior officers are being co-opted to strangle the investigation, that’s if anyone is taking it seriously in the first place, but it does not have to be that way. These people lied, most deliberately in order to kill and steal. The first thing to do is report this far and wide, to force it to be taken seriously. Pressure and support for the investigation would help, how might we go about that? More in time, for now let’s put this onto the agenda and into people’s minds.

Xposted @ Mask of Anarchy, Ruins of Empire & Stop the Second Holocaust.