While the bourgeoisie were tearfully waving sayonara to Tony Blair, two men were sentenced to prison yesterday. Their crime is breaching the Official Secrets Act by disclosing minutes of a meeting between Bush and Blair over Iraq.
Dave Keogh, who worked in Whitehall’s communication centre, passed a four-page account of a meeting in the White House in April 2004 between Bush and Blair. He passed it to Leo O’Connor who gave it to his boss, Anthony Clarke MP.
The trial was heard in secret and the press were barred. The contents of the document were considered so sensitive that press could not report. Arguments used to shroud this trial in secrecy was that if the contents were made public then there would be a “substantial risk to national security”…
Now let’s look at that argument, the discussion took place in 2004. What were they discussing which would put “British lives at risk”? Would they be talking about exact troop deployments, radio frequencies or even military armour weaknesses? The level of discussion, I imagine, would be more likely be about policy in Iraq as opposed to operations. In April 2004 US troops were committing untold atrocities and devastating the city of Fallujah. And anyway, that was then and this is now. So, why keep it a big secret?
Keogh described the contents as “abhorrent” and “illegal”. These contents should be made public as this just smacks of further censorship, double standards and what really happened in Fallujah will remain a dirty big secret with the establishment peddling their own spin and lies.
If the contents amount to war crimes then the wrong two men were sentenced yesterday.
A judge has imposed a gagging order on the media BUT that doesn't include overseas press including the USA. So get surfing....