Arms to Iraq – Just who knew what would have to be the question – Part 2
Baby Supergun - Successfully test fired North of Baghdad
Project Babylon – Supergun – Designed to fire CBW/WMD into Iran & Israel
Made in Sheffield UK with full British Government/MoD/DTI/MI5 Approval
If you can recall we touched on the topic of earlier illegal arms trading concerning another British company that was set up by the US here in the UK to divert the attention away from US illegal arms dealings. That company was Allivane who were based in Scotland.
As we saw with the Matrix Churchill Affair everything was carried out with the full approval of the British Government (PM James Callaghan), MoD, DTI and MI5 etc. In actual fact executives from Allivane, who were involved in this complex international operation to circumvent trade restrictions, attended meetings with a senior official in the Defence Export Services Organisation every month at the MoD in Whitehall.
So how did Allivane get off the ground…..we have to turn the clock back to a chance meeting between George Bush and James Guerin (the founder of a US defence company called ISC) on a trans Atlantic flight when it became clear that the two could do business together.
The US had gone through a difficult time in their most lucrative arms exports after a clean up of the CIA and an extremely restrictive shutdown on the normal bogus trade routes. It was fortunate for James Guerin that George Bush became the head of the CIA and so the flood gates were again opened.
It was important for the US to take the pressure off their illegal arms trading and set up an alternative transit route and with the help of our then PM, James Callaghan, Allivane came into existence. British was rather cash strapped at the time and so this double dealing arms game gave our government much needed money.
Allivane started off small but would eventually become one of the largest illegal arms dealers in the world. It would play a major part in the Iraq – Iran War (22nd September 1980 – 20th August 1988) and in other trouble spots such as Lebanon……needless to say the greatest benefactors for this extended conflict was the USA who tried desperately to keep the war going for as long as possible.
Everything was coordinated via the British Embassy in Washington. However the British Government was to see a political changeover from Labours, Callaghan led Government to the “Iron Lady” Maggie Thatcher. This changeover accelerated the illegal arms trading to a very high rate as no one knew better, how to bleed the system, than the conservatives.
Massive fraud and corruption (which is a template for the Tory Party) spun out of control allowing James Guerin to set up ISC here in the UK with Sir David Checketts at the helm…..Sir David had some very good connections to the Royal Family when he had been an equerry to the Duke of Edinburgh and later Private Secretary to Prince Charles.
It was in the early 1980’s that things really started to take off when ISC signed a JV with that famous company “Ferranti”…….I can distinctly remember many military C130 (Hercules) aircraft backing into one of our hangars to ship very sensitive Ferranti equipment out.
The relationship between the US and Maggie continued to improve as they all realized that this covert illegal arms trading was extremely good business and so the British Government continued to support Allivane, not only in its growth, but also financially with grants being offered via the Scottish Office and also from the private sector.
This American/British backed company grew at a phenomenal rate and was at its peak in the mid 1980’s……and why not?…….it was during the Iraq-Iran War!!! Now you can see why our respective government yearn for war and conflict…….how pitifully sad don’t you think?
This Joint Venture continued to expand to other areas in particular to other potential hot spots such as Israel, Columbia, South Korea, Taiwan and Yugoslavia and as we now understand all of these locations have been well armed in the past via the US propaganda machine, all based on a perceived threat!!
The west helped Saddam to carry out this act of genocide in Halabja, Kurdistan
It is very clear that the British Tory Party embarked on an unprecedented campaign of under the table deals involving illegal arms trading, Chemical & Biological Warfare, Weapons of Mass Destruction and in some case supplying to those that one day would become our so called enemy i.e. Iraq.
This also led too massive fraud and corruption at not only Tory Party level but also privately by key political figures during the entire period…….you may even find it hard to believe that this level of fraud and corruption continues on to this day.
Again we experienced a dramatic change in governments with the utter failure of the “Iron Lady” to be replaced by John Major who continued on with Thatcherism politics and all the problems in Northern Ireland. It was also doing his time in office that the Chinook crashed in the Mull of Kintyre under extremely suspicious circumstances when it was believed that all the occupants (29) all died from gunshot wounds……….I am sure that yet again another inquiry will be swept under the carpet and one of the star witnesses is yet to be called to give evidence……that being Ms Tara Andrea Davison who featured heavily in my last article who had close ties with the DTI and Sir Kenneth Warren. It Was Ms Davison who told me over the phone that the Chinook accident was an inside job!!
As we all know after the dramatic defeat of the Tory Party in 1997 Tony Blair became Prime Minister and yet again we would observe a spate of lies and deceit that would take us to war with Iraq…..the very country we had supported for decades…..
We now return to these so called inquiries that always end up clearing those that should have been accused……..so how well did the Scott Inquiry function and what was the feeling in Westminster after yet another debacle! Maybe we now have to turn to that wonderful ethical politician that became so critical of both Conservative and his own Labour Party on issues relating to illegal arms dealings and war etc.
March 17, 2003: Cook, returned to backbenches, after delivering his resignation speech
Robin Cook, despite his private life, was a very good politician and in some respects his speeches were magnificent and always received much attention from the media.
His concerns met with much opposition and sadly we were to see his demise that eventually led to his death……my question again would be did he follow the same fate as dear Dr. Kelly?………for my part there is too much to consider based on the fact he was a thorn in the side for both political parties……..so what did Robin say about the Scott Inquiry?
On 26 February 1996, following the publication of the Scott Report into the ‘Arms-to-Iraq‘ affair, he made a famous speech in response to the then President of the Board of Trade Ian Lang in which he said “this is not just a Government which does not know how to accept blame; it is a Government which knows no shame”.
Before listening to what Robin had to say let’s just recollect the works spoken by Ian Lang in Parliament when he quoted “We welcome the central conclusions of the report: that there was no plot secretly to arm Saddam Hussein, and no attempt to suppress documents that could have led to a miscarriage of justice.” This type of statement was basically what we all expected and was a total cover-up………I am sure that Ms Davison could fill us all in on what actually happened in much the same way as I have researched exactly the opposite……… that our PM, our government, the DTI, MoD and MI5 certainly did have a secret plot to arm Saddam along with its Joint Venture partner the US!!
Robin Cook responded to Ian Lang in the following manner:
I shall respond on three counts. First, we welcome the fact that Customs is to have supervision of the prosecuting role. In the light of the grave criticisms by Sir Richard Scott of the conduct of the Matrix Churchill trial.
Secondly, I agree with the Government that we require a review of ministerial accountability. After all, one of the key conclusions in the closing section of the report is that, during the inquiry, example after example has come to light of the failure of ministerial account Today, the one initiative that the right hon. Gentleman announced was that the Government will give evidence if the Select Committee holds an inquiry into ministerial accountability. I would hope so—after all, it is their duty to give evidence to Select Committees if they are asked to do so. However, the initiative does not shed any light on what single proposal they will make in that evidence to avoid us ever again having to debate a report that, in its closing chapter, details seven specific cases in which ministerial accountability was broken.
I cannot accept for one moment the hon. Gentleman’s claim that it is impossible to make any rules about ministerial accountability
One of the facets of Ministerial accountability to Parliament `the duty to give Parliament, including its Select Committees, and the public as full information as possible about the policies, decisions and actions of the Government, and not to deceive or mislead Parliament and the public’
Sir Richard Scott—whom the Government appointed to judge on this point; he was their choice—said: In the course of the Inquiry example after example has come to light of an apparent failure of Ministers to discharge that obligation. The right hon. Gentleman’ commitment to openness was a lot less convincing when he ruled out a freedom of information Act. Secrecy made this scandal possible. The five volumes of the Scott report provide the firmest foundation yet of a case for a freedom of information Act. There were never better witnesses for a freedom of information Act than the long parade of officials and Ministers who queued up to explain to Sir Richard Scott that the public interest was best served by not letting the public know what they were deciding.
Things then started to hot up in Parliament when Robin Cook went on to say:
The Government is fond of lecturing the rest of the nation on its need to accept responsibility. Parents are held responsible for actions; teachers are held responsible for the performance of their pupils; local councillors are held legally and financially responsible; yet, when it comes to themselves, suddenly, not a single Minister can be found to accept responsibility for what went wrong.
The first charge in the motion was that the Government had acted in clear breach of the Howe Guidelines of 1985……. Sir Richard returns a verdict of guilty.
It is clear that policy and defence sales to Iraq did not remain unchanged.
Sir Richard quotes a minute that says: Mr. Waldegrave is content for us to implement a more liberal policy on defence sales”. That minute was from what was then the private office of the Chief Secretary.
It was Robin Cook’s next statement that really hit home the truth behind illegal arms dealings when he said:
British servicemen may have been exposed to fire from shells and rockets made in munitions factories equipped by Britain”. Sir Richard’s report reveals that, three years before the Gulf war, there were intelligence reports that Iraq had placed multi-million pound orders with four British companies, including Matrix Churchill, to equip its armaments factories at Nassr. The same intelligence 609reports warned that annual production targets for Nassr were 10,000 missiles, 150,000 artillery shells, 100,000 mortar shells and 300,000 fin-stabilised shells.
After the Gulf war, the International Atomic Energy Agency found 30 Matrix Churchill lathes in Iraqi nuclear plants. Faced with that evidence, how dare Ministers still claim that they did not arm Saddam Hussein?
The right hon. Gentleman played the trade card and justified the decision to equip Saddam’s armaments factories on the commercial grounds that it was good for business. Perhaps one of the Conservative Members can help me. After all, they claim to be the party of business. Could one of them explain to me how it can be good for business to approve a contract for which one does not get paid?
That is what happened. Saddam did not pay for the machine tools that went into his factories—we did. The British taxpayer has been left with a bill for about £700 million for our total exports to Iraq. Incurring a bad debt of £700 million would surely be enough to get someone sacked from any organisation in Britain except the Conservative Government.
As Ministers are for ever saying, not without notice. But one cannot find any example in the history of export credit guarantees of such a vast debt with one country. That debt was the direct result of ministerial decisions to increase export credit guarantees to Iraq, and to allocate one fifth of the total for defence sales.
The last of those decisions was in September 1988, when export credits to Iraq were increased by £340 million, despite mounting evidence that Iraq did not have the cash to service existing credits. Sir Richard notes: The Chief Secretary endorsed the proposed new offer”. The Chief Secretary in question is, of course, the current Prime Minister.
The Government was willing to see citizens put on trial for exports at which Ministers had connived and to put their liberty at risk by attempting to prevent the disclosure of documents crucial to their defence”
We could go on forever with Robin Cook’s comment but what became clear is the fact that the Government so called Matrix Churchill Inquiry was an absolute farce and that the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, the DTI, MoD and MI5 were clearly guilty of being involved in the illegal arms trade to Iraq and that all parties misled Parliament and the British people.
Finally it was Robins comment on the Matrix Churchill inquiry when he said:
Anybody who has read the transcript of the trial knows that the prosecution case collapsed under the cross-examination of Alan Clark, when his evidence in chief was plainly inconsistent and unsustainable against the documents then obtained by the defence.
I guess at this stage we should show pictures of some of those characters that were responsible for making the Matrix Churchill and Scott Inquiry into an absolute joke
One must also add some others to this illustrious group from the same party who added their own Midas touch to events around or after the same period in time.
It was Ken Clarke who created the Public Interest Immunity (PII) Certificates which was basically a gagging order for anyone involved in illegal arms dealing and it was Ken Clarke that has been progressively dismantling the British legal system to protect his own kind and I have no doubt in my mind that he sits high up in the ranks of the New World Order as do many senior Tory members.
We will cover one such dealing involving the Thatcher government illegal purchase of three South African “Battlefield Ready” nuclear bombs that were shipped without security from South Africa to Oman and then because they were stored in an insecure compound were then stolen by the same arms dealer who sold them……none other than John Bredenkamp.
This would have to be the Conservative Parties biggest “Gross act of negligence” but also a scam that placed vast amounts of British Taxpayer’s Money into the private sector, including £17.8 million into the bankrupt Tory Party Election Fund……..the entire mission was carried out by Sir Ken Warren and a rather young Tory researcher by the name of David Cameron, our current PM.
We can see now for many decades that the Conservative Party have became experts at not only illegal arms dealings but also in how to raise billions of pounds via illegal corporate fraud, with the banks and some of the elite within their own ranks.
I wonder if all those that have been involved in the illegal arms trade could look this women in the eye as she mourns the loss of her loved ones in Kurdistan. – Not to forget the many that also died in Iran during the Iraq-Iran War compliment of the technology we gave to Iraq!!
Keep watching this space for more grime and slime
Peter Eyre – Middle East Consultant – 20/6/2011 – http://www.eyreinternational.wordpress.com