14 September 2015 - Bereaved families of British soldiers killed in Iraq will today give Sir John Chilcot a final ultimatum to publish his long-delayed report.
Now that all those criticised in the document have responded, the Iraq inquiry chairman has no excuse not to fix a date for its release, they say.
Parents desperate to learn the truth about why Tony Blair sent UK troops to fight in the disastrous 2003 conflict said they were being denied ‘an end to our suffering’. So far, the inquiry has taken six years and cost the taxpayer £10million.
Last week, retired civil servant Sir John said the convention allowing witnesses a pre-publication right of reply – a process known as ‘Maxwellisation’ – had finally been completed.
However, he claimed it was impossible to set a timetable for releasing the report because he must evaluate the ‘detailed and substantial’ submissions from respondents – including Mr Blair, military chiefs and civil servants. The families have now sent Sir John an open letter warning they will ‘not go away’ read more>>>
14 September 2015 - Relatives of British soldiers killed in Iraq have launched a scathing attack on the chairman of the Iraq inquiry as they warned they will press ahead with legal action if he fails to publish the report by the end of the year.
Sir John Chilcot treated families who have lost loved ones with "contempt" and acted with "astonishing" hypocrisy, the group claimed.
The group has put its legal action on hold following Sir John's announcement that the process has now been completed but warned it will go to the High Court if plans to publish the inquiry findings by December are not set out.
"We write to you today to inform you that, in the absence of any reasonable, transparent and full explanation why you cannot, we expect you to write to the Prime Minister within one month with a date for publication, which should be by the end of the year," they wrote.
"Again, any date beyond that must be fully justified. By your own admission, now Maxwellisation is over, there is nothing to prevent you doing this. If you fail to do so, we will continue with our legal challenge." 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!