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Motion in Parliament finds Butler Report's Conclusion Untenable


UK INTELLIGENCE AND IRAQ 08.11.2005
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Cohen, Harry

That this House recalls the forged documents suggesting Iraq was seeking to procure uranium from Niger in 1999 exposed by Mohammed El Baradei at the United Nations on 7th March 2003, and the statements of retired US Ambassador Joseph Wilson and Italian reporter Elisabetta Burba, who was herself supplied with false documents by Italian military intelligence, that they found no evidence of any transaction; notes the passage in Seymour Hersh's recent book Chain of Command that a former Clinton official told Hersh that the UK spread false information about Iraq and one member of the UN inspection team assisted by supplying unverified material presented as intelligence; therefore considers that the 2004 Butler Report maintaining there was further evidence from additional sources for the uranium ore being sought, and so the intelligence was credible, is seriously undermined by Hersh's revelations that much of the material was generated by the UK, Italy and the US; and concludes that the Butler Committee's conclusion is now untenable.

Cohen, Harry
Russell, Bob
Jones, Lynne
Hancock, Mike
MacNeil, Angus
Cryer, Ann
Price, Adam
Pugh, John
Simpson, Alan
Jackson, Glenda
Breed, Colin
Corbyn, Jeremy
Bottomley, Peter
Hemming, John
Hopkins, Kelvin
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The Sunday Telegraph

By Melissa Kite and Patrick Hennessy
(Filed: 18/07/2004)

Downing Street secured vital changes to the Butler Report before its publication, watering down an explicit criticism of Tony Blair and the way he made the case for war in the House of Commons.

The Telegraph has established that the disagreement between No 10 and Lord Butler's inquiry team centred on a passage in an original draft of the report about Mr Blair's statement to MPs in September 2002. The original passage drew a much clearer contrast than the final version of the Butler Report between the strong case for war made by Mr Blair and the weakness of the intelligence the Prime Minister received about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

The changes secured by No 10 diluted the criticism of Mr Blair and helped Downing Street to mount its main defence - that the report showed that the Prime Minister was acting in good faith.
http://www.spinwatch.org/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=129

Here’s a sample of Blair’s good faith.

The Sunday Times

Blair planned Iraq war from start
Michael Smith

“INSIDE Downing Street Tony Blair had gathered some of his senior ministers and advisers for a pivotal meeting in the build-up to the Iraq war. It was 9am on July 23, 2002, eight months before the invasion began and long before the public was told war was inevitable.

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