by Micah M. White

01 August 2012
from AdBusters Website



One month before the start of the invasion and ongoing occupation of Iraq, United States Secretary of State Colin Powell went before the UN Security Council and presented the case for war.

“My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources,” Powell told the world community on February 5, 2003.



AP Images/J. Scott Applewhite

He then made a convincing presentation of alleged top-secret satellite imagery, intercepted telephone conversations and eyewitness descriptions of “biological weapons factories on wheels and on rails” which purported to prove that Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction.


Powell’s presentation was a domestic propaganda coup. It swayed American and British public opinion and laid the foundation for preemptive, unilateral war by George Bush and Tony Blair.

We now know that the primary evidence America and Britain used to justify preemptive war - a war that has killed over 150,000 innocents, displaced a million more and forever contaminated the country with birth-defect-causing depleted uranium - was based on fabricated information.


In 2011, Powell’s “solid source,” an unremorseful Rafid al-Janabi, publicly admitted that he made up the story about mobile biological weapons labs a decade earlier. The intelligence agencies who interviewed him at the time knew he was lying, al-Janabi also claimed. Only later when a justification for war was desperately needed did his fantasies reappear as “facts.”


Documentary evidence supports the conclusion that Bush and Blair knew at the time of Powell’s speech that claims of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction were fabricated.


A memo from a top-secret 2002 meeting between Blair and British military-intelligence officials reports that,

“intelligence and the facts were being fixed around the policy” of regime change “justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD.”

This is where most analysis of the Iraq War ends: with a “stuff happens” shrug of the shoulders or, at best, a few words of empty condolence for those who have died because of this war based on lies.


But now a global movement is afoot to go further: to judge Bush and Blair by the same regime of international law that they used to justify their preemptive war.

In November of 2011 and May of 2012, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, an tribunal founded by Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, tried,

  • George Bush

  • Tony Blair

  • Dick Cheney

  • Donald Rumsfeld

  • their US legal advisers Alberto Gonzales

  • David Addington

  • William Haynes

  • Jay Bybee

  • John Yoo in absentia

Bush and Blair were accused of violating the Nuremberg Principles by committing “crimes against peace” - waging a war in violation of the United Nations Charter and international law.


Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their legal advisers were also separately accused of “war crimes” and the “crime of torture.”

Asserting the right of universal jurisdiction, an international legal principle that grants any state the right to prosecute individuals who commit crimes which affect all of humanity, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal followed strict legal norms and rules of evidence. All parties were provided with capable defense attorneys and the prosecution relied on eyewitness and documentary testimony.

After four days of legal proceedings in November the Tribunal issued a unanimous verdict finding both George Bush and Tony Blair guilty of,

“crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, and genocide as a result of their roles in the Iraq War” based on evidence that they knew the justification for the Iraq War was fabricated.

In May, the Tribunal returned to take up the charge of torture.


After hearing testimony from several individuals tortured by the US military while detained without trial - including,

  • Moazzam Begg who was told that his wife was being tortured in an adjoining cell and then was forced to listen to a woman screaming

  • Rhuhel Ahmed who was injected with hallucinatory drugs and subjected to 45 days of sleep deprivation

  • Abbas Abid whose fingernails were removed with pliers,

...the five judge Tribunal unanimously delivered another guilty verdict against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al.


Evidence presented at the Tribunals is now being sent to the International Criminal Court.

The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal does not yet have the ability to enforce its verdict against Bush and Blair but it does open the door to further Tribunals around the world which will eventually have that power.

We are today one step closer to a just world where international war criminals are ruthlessly hunted, arrested and prosecuted no matter which country they are from.


Bush and Blair be warned:

There is no statute of limitations for war crimes.

What if we lived in a world where all war criminals, regardless of how powerful they are, are treated the same? With the taboo on discussing Bush and Blair’s war crimes now breaking down, what would it take to bring them to justice?









Bush's Big Lie

by Robert Adler
May 6, 2005

from Etalkinghead Website

"...the intelligence and the facts were being fixed around the policy."

We went to war in Iraq at 5:30 a.m. Baghdad time on March 20, 2003.

For more than a year before we launched Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Bush administration went to great lengths to try to convince us and the rest of the world that the war was necessary because Saddam Hussein possessed and might use weapons of mass destruction - WMDs.

In the State of the Union message on January 29, 2002, President Bush said that Iraq was part of an "axis of evil" and vowed that the United States,

"will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons."

On February 5, 2003, then Secretary of State Colin Powell addressed the United Nations. He presented a detailed summary of what U.S. and other intelligence services supposedly knew about Hussein's WMDs.


Powell concluded,

"The United States will not and cannot run that risk to the American people. Leaving Saddam Hussein in possession of weapons of mass destruction for a few more months or years is not an option, not in a post-September 11th world."

In short, President Bush put his credibility, Powell's credibility, and our credibility as a nation on the line with the repeated assertion that Hussein possessed WMDs.

We all know that these WMDs were never found and did not exist.

On July 9, 2004 the Senate Intelligence Committee released its unanimous, bipartisan report on pre-war intelligence on Iraq. The committee harshly criticized the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies for "mischaracterizing" or "overstating" their findings. In other words, the blame was placed on the intelligence agencies for misinforming Congress and the President.

It turns out that the truth was very different.

By July 23, 2002, President Bush and his administration had decided to go to war in Iraq. From that point on, a just-released secret memo reveals,

"...the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

On May 1, 2005, the Sunday Times published a secret, "eyes only" memo that summarized a meeting between Tony Blair and his top advisors that took place on July 23, 2002.


They were briefed by Richard Dearlove, then head of Britain's MI-6 intelligence agency, who was just back from consultations in Washington.


Dearlove told Blair that U.S. military action was inevitable, and would be,

"justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD."


"It seemed clear that bush had made up his mind to take military action, even if the timing was not yet decided," the summary continues. "But the case was thin."

You can read "The secret Downing Street memo".

One might think that a thin case for a decision as weighty as taking the U.S. to war might be a problem.

"But," Blair was assured, "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

Our intelligence agencies didn't get it wrong by accident. They got it wrong because they were told to plump up that thin case, to drum up enough noise to back Bush's WMD justification of the war.


Why blame them? They were just following orders.

"Fixing" the intelligence doesn't seem to have been that hard for Bush and his team. Unfortunately, fixing the facts has turned out to be somewhat more difficult, as the failure to find WMDs, and the continuing chaos and carnage in Iraq show. Among the facts that are most difficult to fix are the 1,593 American soldiers who have died in Iraq so far, and the $300 billion the war has already cost us.

President Bush lied to us. He took us to war, he said, because Saddam Hussein had and might use WMDs. He told us that our intelligence agencies knew those WMDs existed. It was "a slam dunk."


Yet all the time he (and Tony Blair) knew perfectly well that,

"the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

Policy first. Then the decision to go to war. Then fix the intelligence and the facts to justify the war.

Which means that this President flat-out lied to the American people and the rest of the world, not about his sex life, but about starting a war.