U.K. INVESTIGATION INTO LEAD-UP TO IRAQ WAR: HOW SECRET?
The U.K. is going to conduct investigations into the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq. One Sir John Chilcot will head up the inquiry. The British people have demanded it because they know that the facts were fixed around the policy and that Bush and Blair had agreed to go to war even though the U.N. weapons inspections were not being unreasonably impeded and were turning up nothing. Blair knew it was clearly against international law. He was worried, but he brownnosed Bush. Bush could have cared less about legalities. When he was declared the winner in 2000, he was quoted as saying that "now I'm not accountable to anyone." He figured he was emperor for a term (two terms since he knew he'd cheat his way to victory again) and would make himself more powerful than Richard Nixon so much so that no one would ever touch him. So far, he's been right about that. Forever is just that though. If he goes to the grave with his unrepentant attitude, he'll find out that he's accountable.
There has been a debate in the U.K. over whether the investigation will be entirely secret. Prime Minister Gordon Brown is on the defensive. He's having to give some ground, but will it be merely symbolic? He's still appealing to state secrets and national security — the old fallback position for all fascists. The Report to be issued will now be allowed to fix blame. Its witnesses may also be placed under oath. Initially, the Gordon government had said not.
(See: "Iraq inquiry will attribute blame, says Miliband: Foreign secretary also concedes it would be possible for witnesses to give evidence on oath," by Andrew Sparrow. guardian.co.uk. June 24, 2009.)