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TONY BLAIR - LIAR OF THE CENTURY

- DESTROYER OF ENGLAND AND ITS ANCIENT CONSTITUTIONAL FOUNDATION -  TRAITOR AND INVADER - CLOSE FRIEND OF WARMONGER GEORGE W. BUSH.

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PETER OBORNE

ON POLITICS AND POWER

[Daily Mail - Saturday ,October 18, 2008]

As it's confirmed Blair lied to PARLIAMENT over Ecclestone, I can reveal he lied to them again - and here's my proof.

BUT for the collapse of the financial markets, last week's devastating revelation that Tony Blair lied to Parliament at the height of the Ecclestioone affair would have had a far more deadly impact.

While prime minister, Mr Blair shamefully misled MP's by claiming the decision to exempt Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Motor Sport from the Government ban on tobacco advertising was made through normal Whitehall processes -when the TRUTH was that the DECISION  was MADE BY BLAIR personally within  hours of a meeting with the MILLIONAIRE TYCOON in DOWNING STREET.

NOW I can provide compelling evidence that the former prime minister LIED to PARLIAMENT over an infinitely more serious matter -the extent of BRITISH GOVERNMENT knowledge of what was happening in the Iraqi prison- ABU GHRAIB ....

This disturbing story dates back to May 2004, when leaked documents and shocking photographs exposed the maltreatment of Iraqi prisoners by their American captors.

After the international outcry, the reputation of American troops and, more worryingly that the whole coalition operation in Iraq, was irreparably tainted.

YET when the news of the atrocities came to light in the Press, Tony Blair played dumb and merely expressed surprise. He told MPS that neither he nor any

MEMBER OF HIS GOVERNMENT

had known about the barbaric scenes.

'It is not correct that ministers or I were aware of these allegations in respect of American troops.' the prime minister told the then Tory leader Michael Howard.'

HOWEVER, I CAN PROVE that despite Tony Blair's glib assurances, his MINISTERS knew what was going on inside ABU GHRAIB.  Last week Bill Rammell, who at the time was a junior Foreign Office minister and has recently been promoted to

MINISTER OF STATE

issued a

STATEMENT

confirming

THAT HE HAD KNOWN THE TRUTH.

He had been briefed during a meeting in

GENEVA

by the

PRESIDENT of the INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE of the RED CROSS

which had been investigating the abuses.

This meeting took place seven weeks before the atrocities became public knowledge and Abvu Ghraib become a byword for

AMERICAN BRUTALITY.

To his credit, Rammell says he was so shocked by the revelations that he IMMEDIATELY convened an EMERGENCY MEETING of FOREIGN OFFICE officials.

In his statement, he said:

'I was ASSURED that DEFENCE MINISTERS were ALREADY AWARE of the ALLEGATIONS and that ACTIONS were BEING TAKEN by the MINISTRY OF DEFENCE to deal with the ALLEGATIONS, which was THE CASE.'

The minister's comments this week released in response to my column last Saturday, in which I accused him of

DOING NOTHING.

I NOW ACCEPT, in view of his FRESH EXPLANATION that RAMMELL behaved in a BETTER LIGHT than I had suggested. But the irony is that, in the process of SAVING HIS OWN SKIN he has IMPUGNED the HONESTY of his old boss TONY BLAIR.   For his version of events is IMPOSSIBLE to square with the one that the former PM gave to the COMMONS four years ago.

Thanks to Rammell, we now know that at the very moment when Tony Blair was claiming ignorance of Abu Ghraib, there was a wide pool of ministerial knowledge, including MINISTERS at the MINISTRY of DEFENCE and the FOREIGN OFFICE. Such a deception is also, of course, a clear

BREACH of the RULES of the HOUSE of COMMONS.

 

According to the

MINISTERIAL CODE

drawn up by

 TONY BLAIR

himself in 2001:

'It is of paramount importance that ministers give accurate and truthful information to PARLIAMENT, correcting any inadvertent error at the earliest opportunity.'

Even if Tony Blair had innocently misled the HOUSE in his original statement of May 12, he never made any attempt

TO PUT THE FACTS RIGHT

 

As a result, the former PM's conduct appears utterly cynical and a blatant contradiction of al the rules of

DECENCY and MORALITY.

 

The Commons Speaker , Michael Martin has already - very commendably - launched a Commons Inquiry into the revelations that

BLAIR MISLED PARLIAMENT

during the

ECCLESTONE AFFAIR.

He must widen this investigation to embrace Blair's statement to the Commons about Abu Ghraib.

Furthermore, Bill Rammell's statement raises other serious questions. For example, who were those

DEFENCE MINISTERS

who knew about the

U.S. ATROCITIES

and

DID THEY ALERT ANYONE ELSE?

 

Yesterday, I sought to contact all four of the ministers who served at the Ministry of Defence at the time of the Abu Ghraib:

GEOFF HOON

ADAM INGRAM

LORD BACH

and

IVOR CAPLIN

I asked what details they had known and what action they took. I also approached the Ministry of Defence itself.

 

By the time the Daily Mail went to press last night, none of these ministers had offered a reply that went beyond a

REFUSAL TO COMMENT

 

SO WHAT is the TRUTH about ABU GHRAIB?

WHY DID

Tony Blair

MISLEAD the HOUSE of COMMONS?

Of course it is impossible to give a clear answer.  But I would guess all the key players in the

BRITISH GOVERNMENT

knew something had gone horribly wrong at Abu Ghraib by February,2004.

Ministers and officials would also have known that the correct course of action would have been to protest to our American allies in the strongest terms about the inhumane treatment of

IRAQI PRISONERS.

But there was a problem that it was the Blair Government's policy not to upset President Bush or the U.S.  So the unspoken -and dishonourable -decision was made to pretend that Britain did not know what was going on.

This egregious course of events means that, from a very early stage, the

BRITISH GOVERNMENT

was complicit with the

AMERICANS

in

THE SCANDAL OF ABU GHRAIB

Moreover, this disreputable episode is not only a reminder of the shameful

BRITISH DEPENDENCE on the U.S.

it also provides

FRESH EVIDENCE

of how ready

TONY BLAIR WAS TO LIE

and thus degrade the

STANDARDS OF PUBLIC LIFE

 

This week's embarrassing revelations are yet more evidence that the

REPUTATION

of the

BLAIR PREMIERSHIP

is unravelling before our eyes.

 

In the coming weeks, this column will expose some other examples of how the former PRIME MINISTER

 LIED TO PARLIAMENT

 

One of the main reasons that Gordon Brown was welcomed into Downing Street last year was that he seemed, in contrast, a fairly honest man.

 

But the news that Alastair Campbell , for so many years Tony Blair's LIAR-IN-CHIEF, is back in the heart of DOWNING STREET operation is profoundly DEPRESSING.

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OCTOBER 2008