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Whistleblower John Morrison –Former Deputy Chief of Intelligence-Sacked.

 

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‘Sacked – the intelligence
chief who dared to criticize
Blair over war claims’

 

In the Daily Mail on Monday, 26th July.2004-Political Correspondent Graeme Wilson’s article shown below of the sacking of yet another whistleblower who had the courage to speak out when others remained silent must support the view that we do live under a Dictatorship.

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Downing Street was under fire last night after a senior intelligence official was sacked for daring to criticise Tony Blair over the war in Iraq.

 

John Morrison- the former deputy chief of intelligence at the Ministry of Defence-spoke out in a BBC Panorama documentary about the Intelligence, which led Britain to arms.

 

A week later he was axed from his job with Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee.

 

In his Panorama interview he revealed the intelligence community’s deep scepticism about Mr Blair’s claims over Iraq weapons of mass destruction.

 

Mr Morrison said the intelligence services were stunned when Mr Blair warned of Saddam Hussein’s’ serious and current threat’ to Britain in his foreword to the Downing Street dossier of September 2002.

 

‘When I heard him using those words I could almost hear the collective raspberry going up around Whitehall,’ he said.

 

 

Despite the BBC appearance apparently being cleared by ISC chairman Ann Taylor, Mr Morrison’s comments- just days before Lord Butler’s damaging report- infuriated David Omand, Tony Blair’s intelligence and security co-ordinator and permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office.

 

 

He [David Omand] is understood to have held immediate talks with Mrs Taylor a former Labour chief whip.

 

Within days, Mr Morrison’s five years of service were brought to a swift conclusion in a letter from the committee.

 

The sacking angered Labour MP’s opposed to the war.

 

Veteran backbencher Alan Simpson said: ‘The only people who have paid the price for this mistaken war are those who have said what the country believes and knows to be true.’

‘But no amount of sackings- whether it’s Andrew Gilli

gan, Greg Dyke or John Morrison- can hide the Truth.’

 

Liberal Democrat spokesman Menzies Campbell said:

 

‘It must be a matter of great regret that Mr Morrison should lose his job for speaking out and informing the public.

‘Scrutiny of the intelligence services should become the responsibility of a Select Committee in the House of Commons, instead of the present arrangements which make the intelligence and security committee too dependent on the Prime Minister’

 

The ISC was set up in 1994 to provide Parliamentary oversight of the Intelligence Services. Its work is among the most secretive in Whitehall and is overseen by the Cabinet Office.

 

As the committee’s investigator, Mr Morrison’s role involved pursuing ‘specific matters in greater detail’.  

 

Veteran BBC reporter John Ware, who made the Panorama programme, said:

 

‘I’m frankly astonished by this news. John Morrison was scrupulous in his approach to this interview.

‘He insisted that we should make no reference to his work for the ISC precisely because he wanted to make clear that he was giving a personal opinion. At no stage did he breach the Official Secrets Act.’

 

During his appearance, Mr Morrison also revealed how intelligence officers were put under pressure to lie about the effectiveness of earlier military strikes against Iraq- the British and American bombing raids during Operation Desert Fox in 1998.

 

‘We were pressured to say something had been effective when in the long run we decided that it hadn’t been particularly effective,’ he told the programme.

‘That had never happened in my career before and I didn’t like it very much.’

 

The Cabinet Office refused to comment on Mr Morrison’s departure yesterday and instead issued a brief statement.

 

‘John Morrison is currently employed as a contractor by the Cabinet Office on behalf of the ISC as apart time investigator.

‘Mr Morrison has worked for the committee for over five years and his contract will end in October 2004.

‘The Committee- whilst continuing their current work-have no plans to employ a new investigator.’

 

Mr Morrison said he could not speck to the media.

 

‘I have no comment to make. My contract prevents me from talking to you, he said

 

He is the only person in Whitehall to lose his job in the wake of the Butler report.

 

In contrast, Joint Intelligence Committee chairman, John Scarlett, who was criticised in the report for being influenced by his political masters, has been promoted to head MI6.

 

The treatment of Mr Morrison will inevitably revive memories of how the Government machine dealt with Dr David Kelly in the weeks before his suicide.

 

Both men were acknowledged experts in their fields who had served their country with dignity for many years. And both felt compelled to speak out in protest at the way Downing Street moulded intelligence to fit the case for war.

 

Mr Morrison first joined the defence intelligence staff in 1967 and played a key role in the search for Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction.

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