Announcement comes days before deadline when families of British soldiers killed in war had threatened to begin legal action over delays
15 October 2015 - Relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq have claimed a partial victory after Sir John Chilcot announced he would finally set a timetable for his report on the six-year inquiry into the war.
The retired civil servant’s announcement came just days before the expiry of a deadline set by grieving families of some of the 179 British soldiers killed in action, after which they had threatened to take legal action if he refused to set a release date.
It is more than a month after Chilcot finally confirmed the end of a lengthy right-of-reply process for those criticised in the report, known as Maxwellisation, which had been seen as the final obstacle to its publication.
However, there are now fears that even after the report is handed to ministers it faces months of national security checks. Some are concerned that military and intelligence chiefs who are criticised may object to the release of sensitive details in the million-word report.
A statement published on the Iraq inquiry website said: “The inquiry has informed the prime minister that Sir John intends to write to him by 3 November to provide a timetable for the completion of the inquiry’s work. read more>>>
Iraqi people and families of personnel killed have a right to seek answers over the illegal invasion
October 9, 2015 - Why is Sir John Chilcot dragging his feet? At the beginning of the year, Chilcot promised that his long-delayed inquiry into the Iraq war will not be published until after the United Kingdom general election. He said there was no realistic chance of evaluating the responses from those criticised in the draft report before that. That election has come and gone, but there is still no report. We still are no closer to learning when did former UK premier Tony Blair agree to former United States president George W. Bush’s request for assistance in the illegal invasion. read more>>>
October 13, 2015 - Two psychologists who designed and helped oversee the CIA's harsh interrogation program are now facing a lawsuit filed on behalf of three former CIA prisoners who allegedly were tortured at "black site," or secret, prisons.
James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen are former U.S. Air Force trainers whose expertise was in teaching military members how to resist interrogations if captured.
The CIA paid their company, Mitchell Jessen & Associates, $81 million to act as contractors to help run the interrogation program, according to a Senate intelligence committee report issued last year. read more>>>
October 14, 2015 - In spring 2003 an unnamed official at CIA headquarters in Langley sat down to compose a memo. It was 18 months after George W Bush had declared war on terror. “We cannot have enough blacksite hosts,” the official wrote. The reference was to one of the most closely guarded secrets of that war – the countries that had agreed to host the CIA’s covert prison sites.
Between 2002 and 2008, at least 119 people disappeared into a worldwide detention network run by the CIA and facilitated by its foreign partners.
Lawyers, journalists and human rights organisations spent the next decade trying to figure out whom the CIA had snatched and where it had put them. A mammoth investigation by the US Senate’s intelligence committee finally named 119 of the prisoners in December 2014. It also offered new insights into how the black site network functioned – and gruesome, graphic accounts of abuses perpetrated within it.
Many of those 119 had never been named before. read more>>>
15 Oct, 2015 - Using flight records, court cases and prisoner testimonies among other documents, journalists say they have compiled a comprehensive snapshot of the redacted details in the 500-page US Senate report on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture tactics.
The Senate Intelligence Committee report’s used color-based code names to conceal the CIA’s prison sites. It took researchers at the UK-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism and The Rendition Project nine months to match the code names with public source data in order to point to the specific countries where prisoners were taken to black sites. They also discovered how long prisoners were detained, and what happened afterwards.
Through the work, researchers were able document the movements of 119 prisoners over a three-year period from 2002 to 2005.
The report’s authors said that under the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, more than 130 people are known to have been tortured in the agency’s own secret prisons, which operated across the world between 2001-2009. 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!