Chair of inquiry begun almost six years ago says no witnesses are taking unreasonable time to respond
24 July 2015 - Almost six years after he was given the job of chairing the official inquiry into the 2003 British invasion of Iraq, Sir John Chilcot continues to refuse to give a deadline for his report’s publication – though he has said he is making significant progress.
The three-year delay to the report has caused intense frustration inside Downing Street, with the cabinet secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, having offered the inquiry extra resources to speed up the process.
But in a letter to the foreign affairs select committee published on Friday, Chilcot said he was making significant progress in the process of “Maxwellisation” – the method by which witnesses likely to be criticised in the report are given a further chance to rebut potential criticisms of their behaviour.
He said none of the witnesses were taking an unreasonable length of time to reply but that once responses had been received the committee needed to evaluate them carefully. read more>>>
Rose Gentle, from Pollok, Glasgow, said she would have felt more positive had he set a deadline for the publication of the report into the inquiry, which began six years ago.
However, no such date was mentioned in a letter he wrote to MPs to update them after they raised concerns about the length of time the work was taking.
Gentle’s son Gordon was killed aged 19 by a roadside bomb in Basra in June 2004 and she later became a fierce critic of the military campaign, which experts believe led to the ongoing instability across the Middle East.
She told The National: “I think Sir John Chilcot is simply stalling. If he was confident that progress was really being made he would have set a date when the report would be published and stick to it. read more>>>
The head of the civil service Sir Jeremy Heywood told MPs on the public administration and constitutional affairs committee that his offer of legal resources had been turned down by the inquiry chair.
Last month Sir John told the Prime Minister that he did not known when the inquiry would publish its report. David Cameron replied to say he was “fast losing patience”.
The wide-ranging inquiry into the Iraq war spoke to hundreds of witnesses. It is the process of ‘‘Maxwellisation’’ that appears to be slowing publication down.
Maxwellisation allows anyone the report may be critical of to see a copy and challenge findings before it is published.
Although not officially confirmed it is believed there may be 40 people who have either not yet responded or who have challenged Sir John’s report. read more>>>
The civil servant is being paid £790 a day while he continues to prepare his findings – six years after the £10million inquiry started
20 July 2015 - Furious MPs have blasted fees paid to Iraq Inquiry chairman Sir John Chilcot for his long-delayed report.
The civil servant is being paid £790 a day while he continues to prepare his findings – six years after the £10million inquiry started.
MPs called for payments to be halted until the report is delivered. Labour’s Roger Godsiff said: “It’s outrageous the public purse has been paying out a vast sum for this inquiry.”
Tory MP Jake Berry added: “No further payments should be made until the report is published.”
But the document is unlikely to be released for at least another year with some responses to Sir John’s draft report still awaited. 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!