Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern recalls the remarkable case of the Downing Street Minutes, the documentary proof of President George W. Bush’s willful misuse of intelligence to justify an aggressive war in Iraq -- and the unwillingness of the major U.S. news media to do much with the evidence.
"It's there in black and white,” McGovern said about the minutes of a meeting among Prime Minister Tony Blair and other top British officials in July 2002 describing Bush’s determination to go to war regardless of what the intelligence about Iraq’s WMD showed. “The intelligence and facts are being fixed around the policy," the minutes recorded the chief of British intelligence saying.
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However, when the minutes were leaked in Great Britain in 2005, the evidence of Bush’s deceptions were curiously not much of a story for the U.S. press corps, what McGovern calls the “fawning corporate media.”
For McGovern’s written story commemorating the seventh anniversary of the Downing Street Minutes, click here.
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