19 Jul 2013 - PUBLICATION of the long-awaited Chilcot Report has moved a step closer with the inquiry chief Sir John Chilcot expected to write within days to Tony Blair warning that he will be criticised. But Chilcot is still stymied by the government's refusal to allow the crucial Bush and Blair correspondence to be published.
The letters between Blair and President George W Bush were written in 2002 and are believed to show that Blair was offering to support America if Bush decided to attack Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein long before the Cabinet or the Commons gave their assent to the war. And long before the sexed-up report on Saddam's Weapons of Mass Destruction and phoney intelligence were found to give the invasion a legal fig-leaf. read more>>>
Just a touch of what came out in the public hearings in the early days of:
24 November 2009 - Even before Bush's administration came to power an article written by his then national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, warned that "nothing will change" in Iraq until Saddam was gone
30 November 2009 - George Bush tried to make a connection between Iraq and al-Qaida in a conversation with Tony Blair three days after the 9/11 attacks, according to Blair's foreign policy adviser of the time.
3 December 2009 - Boyce mentions the "dysfunctionalism" of Washington. He says that he would find himself briefing his American counterparts on what was happening in different parts of the US administration. Rumsfeld was not sharing information
And on the CIA renditions and secret torture prisons prosecuted by the Italian courts: