Blair's version of Bush's Office of Special Plans was called Operation Rockingham:
The existence of Operation Rockingham has been confirmed by Scott Ritter, the former UN chief weapons inspector, and a US military intelligence officer. He knew members of the Operation Rockingham team and described the unit as 'dangerous', but insisted they were not 'rogue agents' acting without government backing. 'This policy was coming from the very highest levels,' he added.Can we all just agree that when our governments not only lie to us, but set up sepcial groups like this to deliberately fabricate and monitor the lies, particularly in order to take us to WAR, um... can we all just agree that that is WRONG????
'Rockingham was spinning reports and emphasising reports that showed non-compliance (by Iraq with UN inspections) and quashing those which showed compliance. It was cherry-picking intelligence.'
Ritter and other intelligence sources say Operation Rockingham and MI6 were supplying skewed information to the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) which, Tony Blair has told the Commons, was behind the intelligence dossiers that the government published to convince the parliament and the people of the necessity of war against Iraq.
These agencies are supposed to advise their governments about what's going on, not spin the facts around the latest policies. The political cart has gotten way in front of the intelligence horse!
Here's a former CIA officer, quoted from the same article:
Johnson told the Sunday Herald the OSP was 'dangerous for US national security and a threat to world peace', adding that it 'lied and manipulated intelligence to further its agenda of removing Saddam'.That report is from a British tabloid, by the way. And as anyone who has ever lived in the UK knows, when the tabloids turn against you, you are gone. It's a sign that the masses of the people are waking up.
He added: 'It's a group of ideologues with pre-determined notions of truth and reality. They take bits of intelligence to support their agenda and ignore anything contrary. They should be eliminated.'
Johnson said that to describe Saddam as an 'imminent threat' to the West was 'laughable and idiotic'. He said many CIA officers were in 'great distress' over the way intelligence had been treated. 'We've entered the world of George Orwell,' Johnson added. 'I'm disgusted. The truth has to be told. We can't allow our leaders to use bogus information to justify war.