12/02/2015 - The European Parliament has called for the Chilcot Report into the Iraq war to be published “without further delay”.
The Chilcot inquiry was launched by the UK government in 2009, but has run into many delays and is unlikely to be published before the UK general election in May. Sir John Chilcot, who is chairing the inquiry, has said he does not know when the report will be published.
“Pressure is now building for the Chilcot Inquiry to be published without further delay,” said Liberal Democrat (ALDE) MEP, Catherine Bearder.
"This is an issue central to our country's foreign policy; the public deserve to know the truth before they cast their vote at the General Election.” read more>>>
February 11, 2015 - The European Parliament today voted to investigate the extent of the CIA’s detention, torture and rendition programme in EU countries.
The decision comes two months after the US Senate intelligence committee published a redacted summary of its six year investigation into the CIA’s detention and interrogation programme.
The European Parliament’s committees on civil liberties, foreign affairs and human rights previously investigated the CIA’s programme in 2006, and they will now resume their inquiry with new details from the Senate’s report.
Passing today’s resolution, MEPs said the summary “reveals new facts that reinforce allegations that a number of EU member states… were complicit in the CIA’s secret detention and extraordinary rendition programme, sometimes through corrupt means based on substantial amounts of money provided by the CIA in exchange for their cooperation”.
Romania, Poland and Lithuania are widely known to have hosted CIA black sites, along with those in Afghanistan, Thailand and Guantánamo Bay. read more>>>
MI6 asked US Senate to redact report inot torture, but it was done to protect national security rather than to cover up abuse
11 Feb 2015 - British spies asked the US Senate to redact a report into torture by the CIA, but it was not an attempt to cover up British complicity in abuse, MPs have concluded.
MI6 asked for redactions to "primary material" used by the Senate into its damning report, but the changes requested "do not concern UK involvement or complicity in, or awareness of, the mistreatment of detainees", the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament said.
MPs had demanded a judge-led inquiry into the possibility that MI6 officiers had assisted with the kidnap and torture of Al Qaeda suspects. The Senate report, published in December, found detainees had been brutally treated at CIA "black sites".
Downing Street later admitted that redactions had been made at the request of Britain. read more>>>
22 December 2014 - The ACLU and Human Rights Watch say the offences amount to ‘a vast criminal conspiracy’ and are ‘shocking and corrosive’ to US democracy and credibility read more>>>
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014
December 22 2014 - American taxpayers have shelled out roughly $1.6 trillion on war spending since 9/11, according to a new report from Congress’ nonpartisan research arm. That’s roughly $337 million a day -- or nearly a quarter million dollars a minute -- every single day for 13 years. read more>>>
Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds
Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!