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Arms to Iraq – Just who knew what would have to be the question – Part 3

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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

In my previous article (Part 2) I went back a few years just to show how the US, UK and other western countries have continuously traded in illegal arms activity with such places as Iraq but I would now like to return to the period of “Super Gun” and the failed Matrix Churchill Inquiry and the failed follow up Scott Inquiry.

We now have yet another inquiry currently underway known as the Chilcot Inquiry which is heading down the same road as the other two. What I find alarming about this latest one is the fact that valuable evidence that would have proven beyond a shadow of doubt that  illegal arms trading was carried out by the Conservative Party has now been withheld.

After the Tory Party lost out to Labour and also after the demise of Tony Blair the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown decided to start up the Chilcot Inquiry which would give all those concerned the opportunity to discuss the reasons for going to war with Iraq and also the illegal arms trade……..it was obvious that when people like Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and many others were given the stand it became a case of self preservation, almost to a point they knew what the questions were going to be and had already prepared the answer………needless to say the entire fiasco was run and operated out of number 10.

 

 

 


Champion Pontificator Sir John Chilcot

The three stooges with no regrets – Not Guilty?

The third Iraq inquiry – a total waste of taxpayer’s money

One vital witness was that of Ms Tara Andrea Davison who had spent years working initially within the Tory Part with access to Sir Ken Warren, Peter Lilley MP and many others on matters relating to illegal arms dealings and had already given evidence in private at the previous Scott Inquiry.

When Ms Davison changed sides she had direct access to the PM Tony Blair at Number 10, Lord Doug Hoyle, Sir Richard Scott, Stan Crowther MP, Neil Kinnock and others.

As Ms Davison wrote in her own words:

The Iraq Inquiry headed by Sir John Chilcot is calling on me to supply sensitive evidence which was seized by the Derby Police mid January 2010. I am a former adviser to the Trade and Industry Select Committee on Arms to Iraq is struggling to know what to do. As she did when giving evidence to the Scott Inquiry into Arms to Iraq she expected to do so in total secrecy but the actions of Derby police have made this impossible.

The Iraq enquiry set up by Gordon Brown is convened for the purpose of examining the United Kingdom’s involvement in Iraq, including the way decisions were made and actions taken, to establish as accurately and reliably as possible what happened, and to identify lessons that can be learned. The Inquiry is considering the period from 2001 up to the end of July 2009.

Gordon Brown (then Prime Minister) told the House of Commons, “no British document and no British witness will be beyond the scope of the Inquiry.” The Government has assured the Inquiry of the full co-operation of the relevant Departments.

But conversely Brown colluded, organised or aided and abetted Derby police seizing documents, mid January 2010, which were pertinent to the inquiry implicating himself in a cover-up. Five weeks later he would himself be called to the Inquiry to give evidence.

These Iraq documents were seized by DC Steven Winnard on the 13th of January just weeks before they were due to be presented to the Iraq Inquiry. Although by now everyone in the New Coalition Government knows about the seizure of the Iraq Documents from me..They have not been returned.

Hywell Williams MP of Plaid Cymru whose party organised and let the call to impeach Tony Blair, in 2004 because of Blair’s decision to engage in an illegal war with Iraq, is making enquiries but so far without success. On the 22nd of July Nick Clegg declared to Parliament from the despatch box that the war in Iraq was “illegal.” That is what my documents stolen by the Derby police prove.

End of Ms Davison’s account

 It was on the 3rd of February 2010 that Tara Davison wrote a letter to PM Gordon Brown which was sent via Lord Doug Hoyle explaining the situation she was in and what had been taken by the police……a copy of that letter was recovered by Gordon Bowden and myself and has since been distributed to other third parties within the UK and overseas for our own protection.

It should be noted that one box taken contained documents not restricted to but including Documents and Records:

1)      Project Babylon (Supergun) file on intelligence advice given in secret to the Trade and Industry Parliamentary Select Committee and corresponded about same.

2)      Biological weapons and delivery systems in Iraq.

3)      Location of Iraq’s planes and weapons following Desert Storm.

4)      Mobile Biological and Chemical Laboratory in Iraq.

5)      UK supply of Biological and Chemical agents to Iraq.

6)      Evidence given in secret to Lord Justice Scott during the “Scott Inquiry.”

7)      25-30 Note books concerning arms to Iraq interviews and contemporaneous notes.

8)      Production line facilities in Iraq for CBW.

9)      Gulf War Syndrome.

10)  Electromagnetic Warfare original documents (Star Wars).

11)   Iraq’s nuclear programme.

12)   Report on AWE and Serco.

13)  Terrorism.

14)   Hard evidence and papers on investigations by Ministry of Defence police (Fraud Squad) with which I was assisting NATO sensitive.

15)   The said letters..

It was obvious that Ms Davison was concerned as to why this raid took place on her property and that the only motive could have been to recover these very sensitive documents and letters that would have implications leading to the possible impeachment of Tony Blair. It is also possible that Gordon Brown is now implicated in this sordid affair of withholding vital evidence from the Chilcot Inquiry!!

What I find incredible is that Ms Davison had such sensitive documents, letters and notes etc at her home address and has never been arrested or charged under the Official Secrets Act. The other interesting fact is that she has also been under investigation since January 2010 and released on bail since that date and still to this day has not been charged….even despite the fact her bail (which was extended ) has now again expired and still no charge.

Before finishing this article I would like to return to supergun and some other interesting facts that occurred around this time making the Matrix Churchill and the Scott Inquiry an absolute joke and clearly allowed many very senior politicians to be let off the hook.

   

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.

 

 

 

For those that are new to “Supergun” I should fill you in with some aspects of what went on in the US, UK and Europe during the build up to the  war with Iraq.

The gun was the mastermind of a Canadian by the name of Dr. Gerald Vincent Bull who not only designed, built and test fired a mini supergun in Iraq but also designed a massive bigger gun that had incredible potential of being able to fire a projectile into space. This bigger gun was being manufactured right here in the UK with the full authority of the PM, The Government, MoD, DTI and MI5. It was Saddam intention to use this gun to fire Chemical and Biological or Nuclear Projectiles at Iran and possibly into Israel. To give you some idea on the size of this gun, just one part of the barrel was over 40 m long.

This killing machine nearly made it had it not been for some observant Customs officials at the port of Teesside who noticed it prior to being loaded onto a ship bound for Iraq. Below is a picture of the components as they were found……this caused not only much embarrassment to the British Tory Government but also mass panic within its ranks!

Supergun parts at Teesside

What was remarkable about Gerald Bull was the fact that he also designed a super howitzer gun that could fire much further into enemy lines than any other known gun. They were eventually produced in Europe and also down in South Africa where they were shipped to Iraq for use against the Iranians and also eventually against our own forces…..not as that makes any difference to our leaders or senior political figures who gained much financial support in carrying out illegal arms trading as we have found time and time again. However, the Conservatives became experts in abusing the system for either party gain or in a private capacity.

Gerald Bull was assassinated outside his sixth-floor apartment in Brussels on March 22, 1990, by two assassins who pumped five 7.65mm bullets from a silenced gun into his neck and back and then escaped. It was believed that this was the work of Mossad who feared Bull’s supergun could be used against Israel using CBW/WMD projectiles. It has been revealed that senior Israeli intelligence officials have claimed responsibility for the assassination. You may be shocked to learn that when he was assassinated he was in actual fact a US Citizen U.S. passport No. 012521295, issued in November 1985 in Washington.

 

Gerald Bull

It was during Bull’s inquiry that the follow occurred:

 The person, who chaired the 1982 Bull investigation, sent a strongly worded letter calling for tighter U.S. technology-export controls. “We are finding American technology finding its way from South Africa into the hands of other terrorist countries like Iraq . . . a situation where American soldiers are facing cannon, the technology of which was American made.”

In 1985 Bull had been given the long-hidden designs of a legendary German super cannon of World War I. Called the Kaiser’s Paris Gun, it had been fired with devastating effect. At the war’s end, the Germans had dismantled it and hidden the plans.

According to a retired British intelligence officer, Bull also had reconstructed British reports on two captured Nazi superguns of World War II, including the so-called “V-3,” envisioned by Hitler as a terror weapon to be used against England with the V-1 buzz bomb and the V-2 rocket. Built on the French coast, the V-3 was destroyed by RAF bombers before it could be used. Robert Turp, a retired major in MI-10, the British technical-intelligence service, said he and Bull spent long hours discussing the reports on the Nazi designs.

Israeli intelligence sources say intense surveillance and eavesdropping began against Bull at least a year before the slaying. They said they learned that Bull had let contracts worth millions of dollars with firms all over Europe. By the fall of 1989, according to various Swiss, German, Italian and British businessmen, Bull had arranged for Iraq to sign contracts for everything from hydraulic cylinders and forging presses to recoil mechanisms and other gear.

Forty-four massive segments of specially-hardened steel tube — each 1,000mm in diameter — had been quietly sent to Iraq from Britain before Bull’s slaying. Shortly after his death, British authorities stopped eight more segments manufactured by Sheffield Forgemasters from going to Iraq, an intervention that may have spiked the supergun project.

A former Bull engineer, Christopher Cowley, says Bull told him he had received anonymous telephone threats if he did not break off his Iraqi projects. Obviously these threats must have come from Israel as the British were on to a good thing, financially speaking and had no intention of stopping the “Supergun.”

 American Intelligence was shared with Saddam Hussein for six years during the Iran-Iraq War and may have helped Iraq hide weapons of mass destruction, including most of its secret atomic bomb projects.

What Operation Desert Storm missed in its Gulf War effort to destroy Saddam’s secret arms caches was staggering — more than 819 Scud missiles, a huge cannon almost 100-feet long resting on a mountainside and aimed at Israel, more than 11,000 chemical shells and three uranium enrichment/hydrogen bomb component factories, according to U.N. reports.

Numerous former intelligence officials and other specialists in interviews expressed concerns that information given to Iraq — including photo-reconnaissance data — as part of the Reagan administration’s “tilt” toward Saddam to prevent an Iranian victory in the 1980-88 war could have been used to shelter Saddam’s military might during Operation Desert Storm.

On one occasion, Saddam is said to have personally shown one Soviet defense official a U.S. satellite image, according to two former intelligence officials, and asked for help in concealing things from the spy orbiters. The Soviets responded with training in military deception tactics and communications security. According to one of the former officials, the Soviets later provided the United States with some of the details of the techniques just before the Gulf War.

During the summer of 1986, “CIA staff officers had, on two occasions, shared certain intelligence with the Iraqis which, at the time it was provided, may have exceeded the scope of the sharing arrangement which had been authorized.”

Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.), who opposes Gates’ nomination, asserted during the confirmation hearings that “there are still important and unanswered questions about [Gates's] management and supervision of the undisclosed ties between Iraq and the United States.” Although the Senate committee said the U.S. intelligence “liaison” with Iraq began in 1984, it actually started two years earlier, when Iran began winning the war that Iraq had initiated. It was then that the Reagan administration decided to secretly “tilt” toward the then “terrorist” regime of Saddam Hussein.

It is clear to anyone that we had the US sharing secret intelligence with each other both during and after the Iraq-Iran war and we had the US, Britain, EU and South Africa selling arms, CBW and WMD’s illegally to Iraq with massive fraud and corruption taking place between key political figures, arms manufacturers, arms dealers the corporate sector and the banks……this mentality still prevails in certain governments today. Especially in the Tory Party.

Gerald Bull’s first prototype was a new 155 millimeter Howitzer, It was his prototype that would make Bull famous as being able to outgun anything held by NATO or anywhere else. In these early days he had designed a 45 caliber barrel that allowed the gun to fire a 155 projectiles to 40 kilometers, which was double the existing range.

What was very interesting to learn was the fact that Gerald Bull was caught shipping shells and gun assemblies to South Africa during the UN Arms Embargo but this didn’t stop him from eventually setting up a manufacturing facility in South Africa……this was not the first time that the embargo had been violated as our own government sent Sir Ken Warren and a rather young David Cameron to South Africa to illegally purchase three nuclear bombs which I will cover in another article.

The US as usual found a way around this embargo and within a short period in time Bull ordered 60 cannon barrels and 50,000 semi‑finished shells from a U.S. Army munitions plant. Apparently someone in Washington was pulling strings and cutting red tape. Approval that could have taken months was granted in just four days.

Altogether Bull smuggled 50,000 shells worth $30 million. He had done so with the apparent knowledge of the U.S. government, but he was transferring more than shells. He was passing on technology that would in time enable the South Africans to make their own sophisticated artillery that would also find its way to Iraq.

Saddam’s war was not going well and he needed better artillery than his outdated 130-millimeter Soviet guns. It was the arms dealer Sarkis Soghanalian who remembered Bull’s ability to upgrade old guns and seized a business opportunity.

It was also around this time that the Chinese were also seeking to update their old Russian guns and in came Gerald James with his 155 45 caliber system. Bull signed a three and a half year contract to engineer and train the Chinese to manufacture their own 155 Howitzer.

Soon Bull was at it again in Austria this time when he signed up for a new munitions factory. The munitions from this factory would be sent to Iraq despite US sanctions…..at the end of the day the US wanted Iraq to win the war with Iran and so turned a blind eye!

Saddam was getting frustrated at getting new guns and ammunition in Iraq and so Bull came up with two new self‑propelled artillery systems, the 155 and a 210‑millimeter. And both of those were shown for the first time in Baghdad. The 210 is the longest-range self‑propelled artillery system in the world and went out to a distance of 57,000 meters.

 

Howitzer designed by Bull

 South Africans also sold 200 guns to Iraq which was an exact copy of Bull’s GC-45. Bull’s guns can fire high‑explosive, chemical, biological and possibly nuclear shells. Bull’s guns could fire farther and are more accurate than allied guns. Saddam Hussein bought 200 from Austria and 200 from South Africa. Bull’s Howitzers turned up on the front line during the Gulf War against Iran and against coalition troops during the 1st Gulf War that caused major problems for the US who were held at bay by the distances that these guns could reach.

Then came Bull’s Supergun which leads us back to the start of this story…..the rest is now history.

In the next article (Part 4) we will look at the illegal purchase of three South African nuclear bombs that were then stolen as a direct result of Gross Neglect on behalf of the Conservative Party. The incredible thing about this scam was that British Tax Payers money was laundered via the private sector to which very senior politicians had invested their own money with another £17.8 million being siphoned off and paid into the Tory Party Election Fund which to this day as never been accounted for…..see Hansard June 22nd 1993 from Column 197. Lord Doug Hoyle and Margaret Beckett MP both challenged it but did nothing more about it. This was certainly a crime of fraud and corruption using tax payer’s money and those involved still have not been charged!!

 

 

 Peter Eyre – Middle East Consultant – 22/6/2011  www.eyreinternational.wordpress.com


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Arms to Iraq – Just who knew what would have to be the question – Part 2

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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

 

Arms to Iraq – Just who knew what would have to be the question – Part 1

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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

We have seen so many government inquiries come and go, all of which served no purpose apart from releasing the elite of government from any wrong doings.

 Have you ever asked yourself just how well they covered their tracks and who could have been implicated in knowing what was being shipped to Iraq and from where?

Ever asked yourself why certain key figures just simply died for no apparent reason?

Are you concerned that by their actions and their arrogance they continued on in their corrupt ways to fulfil their own hidden agenda and their own financial gain?

 Can you believe that many of those involved are still in positions of power or are in a position to manipulate the legal system and flaunt their own self imposed authority against the best interests of the British Government and its people?

So lets turn the clock back and reflect on some of these under the table deals that went on between the US and UK Governments, the CIA, MI5, MI6, MoD and more importantly from the office of the Department of Trade and Industry and associated outlets such as the Trade and Industry Select Committee etc 

It would be better to first highlight who played what role during these rather dark years and who may have been privy to some of the highly secretive information that floated around the corridors of power in both Number 10, Westminster, MoD, DTI and not forgetting the cloak and dagger brigade at MI5?MI6

I guess to be fair we would have to go back to some rather dark days that commenced in 1987 with the dealings of Matrix Churchill, a British company at the centre of the Arms-to-Iraq affair. This company had connections to the US as well as here in the UK and believe it or not was basically owned and run by the Iraqi’s.

One has to remember that illegal arms dealings have always been the mainstay of the very lucrative arms manufacturing business especially in the US. Unfortunately the US was getting a rather a bad name for itself and launched  into a new policy of allowing someone else to market and distribute their products for them and in doing so stopped the finger pointing.

This new policy served two purposes it opened a floodgate of corruption/fraud by allowing political figures in the target country (in this case the UK) to fill up their own pockets  or their party coffers with vast sums of illegal money.

Lets look at how Matrix Churchill got off the ground and how they eventually collapsed after the chance finding by customs officials (at the port of Teesside) of “Supergun” parts about to be loaded on a ship and addressed to Iraq.

In October 1987 TMG Engineering Ltd took over TI Machine Tools and renamed the company to Matrix Churchill Ltd (a leading British tool-maker) TDG UK (who owned 89% of TMG) was chaired by the Iraq’s procurement leader, Safa al Habobi who basically controlled everything with the other Iraqi board members, who also happened to be  the main investor. To make things legal and appear to be pure British the newly named company, Matrix Churchill was run by their Managing Director, Paul Henderson.

In the eyes of the public and Western governments, Matrix Churchill presented TMG as a set of European and Middle Eastern investors who bought into Matrix Churchill’s vision of restructuring its company, which had been having serious financial troubles. In fact, Matrix Churchill officials knew that Iraq secretly controlled the company and that Habobi headed a large-scale, secret procurement effort for Iraq’s military industries.

TMG also bought Matrix Churchill Corporation in the United States which had been a distribution agent for Matrix Churchill in the United States, and Newcast Foundries Ltd. in Britain which made castings for Matrix Churchill. TDG coordinated the activities of the group, particularly in terms of its sales to Iraq. After its purchase, Matrix Churchill group received a significant increase in business with Iraq.

The Iraqi members of the boards of directors of companies in the group were in firm control of the companies’ day-to-day activities and sometimes authoritarian in their actions. Both Habobi and Fadel Jawad Khadhum, a board member of several of these companies, worked for Iraqi establishments and sometimes dictated to their British and U.S. employees’ Iraqi desires.

Because two of Matrix Churchill’s senior officials provided information to British intelligence about Iraqi activities, the British government had considerable knowledge about Iraq’s secret military procurement activities. However, the British government decided to allow most of Matrix Churchill’s sales to Iraq. As a result, a scandal erupted after the Persian Gulf War about the role of the British government in arming Iraq. This scandal reached a crisis when the government’s case against Matrix Churchill officials collapsed in November 1992. The government prosecutors developed convincing evidence that Matrix Churchill officials had deliberately deceived export control officials about the true purpose of the items exported to Iraq. However, the case collapsed because the defense was able to show that the government had known the true purpose of the exports at the time and had encouraged the exports.

It was clear right from the onset that this was a US and UK government approved operation, with a DTI monitoring mechanism  and a means of exporting both US and British arms and military know how to Iraq and with the full approval of the CIA/MI5/MI6.

I would like to point out that even prior to this Matrix Churchill Affair the US and UK Government were again in bed together in providing Iraq with huge amounts of munitions, arms, equipment, Chemical & Biological Warfare (CBW), WMD’s etc to support Iraq during the Iraq-Iran War (22 September 1980 – August 20, 1988)……you may find it hard to believe that the US and UK wanted to drag this war out as long as possible as it was good for business. It is also fact that the US and UK wanted Iraq to be the victor (which was not the case). It was thanks to the west’s involvement that allowed Sadam to use CBW on the Kurds and also on the Iranian Army and civilian populations.

Don’t you find it so hypocritical and evil to know that our country and the US assisted Iraq in the use CBW and WMD against the above and yet the US and UK stood firm in their (two faced) opposition towards WMD’s…..which is still to this day their justification for going to war………can you even just think that that war criminal, Donald Rumsfeld even paid Sadam a visit and shook his hand……..makes you want to throw up hey?

US/UK Involvement in Chemical & Biological Warfare

History has always shown that conflict and war brings in much money, not only for the arms manufacturers and their countries balance of exports but also in private and political fraud and corruption. It would be an opportune time to see who was in office at this particular time and who may have had their hands brushed with the mighty greenback ($)

Well by now you have probably guessed who was PM at the time of the Iraq-Iran War….yes the “Iron Lady” herself dear Maggie Thatcher……who incidentally had a lot to do with CBW in the old Rhodesia and the transfer of the entire product and staff down to South Africa (some of which returned to Porton Down in the UK) ……..with naturally Dr. David Kelly at the helm to oversee her instructions (poor man!!)

I cannot just leave this two faced arms trading game  their because prior to Dear Maggie the previous PM James Gallaghan was also working extremely well with the US Government on illegal arms trading so we the British have a very long history of illegal arms trading and massive fraud and corruption.

Don’t you find it rather repulsive to know that when these high flying political elite leave office they are given the title of The Right Honourable – The Lord Callaghan of Cardiff or in Maggies case The Right Honourable – The Baroness Thatcher or some obscure Knighthood………to add to this disgusting practice we have to fully understand the implications……..thousands upon thousands of innocent lives have been lost to keep their conflicts and wars going, including our own servicemen and this continues on to this day with Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya…….wonder what the current PM will receive??

Ok so back to the story…other key people during the Iraq – Iran war were Michael Heseltine who was Secretary of State for Defence. Meanwhile as far as the DTI was concerned the position kept changed hands so many times under the turbulent years of Maggie Thatcher.

Eventually we come back to the period of the Matrix Churchill Affair when we still had Dear Maggie at the helm…..however things were to change dramatically over at the DTI when Nicholas Ridley became Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and who was kindly assisted by none other than John Biggs-Davison, who became Private Secretary to Ridley. It was believed around this time that Tara Andrea Davison (whom Gordon Bowden thinks was the daughter of John Biggs-Davison) joined under the umbrella of the DTI

 

Tara Andrea Davison

Nicholas Ridley remained in office from 24/7/1989 – 13/7/1990 and everyone working in and around the DTI would have been well aware of the illegality of the arms to Iraq scandal…..not to mention another US raised arms company, that established itself in Scotland called Allivane, which was there purely to stop the US taking flack for being the main supplier of illegal arms. It was also fact that John Biggs-Davison was an unofficial advisor to Allivane.

We will look at Allivane in more details but let’s finish off the Matrix Churchill scam….around this same period of time we had Kenneth Warren who had been around for some considerable time in the Tory Party and being an engineer was deeply involved in some other illegal arms dealings which we will return too later in the story.

So basically by early 1990 we have Nicholas Ridley still in office (soon to be replaced by Peter Lilley), supported by John Biggs-Davison and then we have Ken Warren who was Chair of the Trade and Industry Select Committee with Ms Tara Davison who was eventually employed as an Arms Investigator.

It is clear that all of the above people would have known part, if not all, of the Illegal Arms to Iraq deal, to which the Conservative Party owes much of its financial income ( and in some cases in a private capacity).

In April 1990 purely by chance Customs Officer at Teesside seized steel pipe sections on the dockside which appeared to have a military connection with Iraq…….this in actual fact turned out to be sections for the Iraq “Supergun” that was being developed to fire CBW & WMD into Iran and even possibly Israel. 

 

Parts awaiting shipment at Teesside Docks, one sector of the gun was around 40 m long

Who was trying to deceive us at the DTI when it is obvious that this is a very large gun?

It was at the end of April 1990 that Ken Warren announced an investigation (Matrix Churchill Inquiry) into “Supergun” (don’t you find it strange that such an inquiry was formed from within)……I am sure that he may well have been aware of “Supergun” prior to this event. Ken Warren was himself a director of a financial house and director of Loral a US Defence Company. He also happened to be a close friend of Stephan Kock the guy who was placed into another illegal arms company called Astra, both of whom were members of the Special Forces Club.

Stephen Kock was a master mind when it came to dealing with money, especially in regard to Iraq and his pocket was always safeguarding by the British Government as he once declared himself:

“You see, before we advance monies to a company, we always insist on any funds being covered by [Britain's export credit agency] … We can’t lose. After 90 days, if the Iraqis haven’t coughed up, the company gets paid instead by the British government. Either way, we recover our loan, plus interest, of course. It’s beautiful.”

Kenneth Warren we have learnt was also deeply involved in the financial sector when he was the director of a financial house with links to Iraq as well as being a director of a US Defence Company as per Ms Tara Davison’s story below.

I found the following segment that described Britain’s Export Credit Agency:

Export credit agencies (ECAs) are publicly funded government agencies that provide lending and insurance to help companies compete overseas. As aid and development becomes increasingly commercialised, ECAs play an increasingly prominent role in large-scale infrastructure development projects.

Lending by ECAs quadrupled in the eight years between 1988 to 1996, to US$105 billion. Fifty-six per cent of low-income nation debt is now attributed to ECA-funded projects.

This is corporate welfare on a global scale. But don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard much about them — because they’re not too interested in letting the public know what they do.

I guess it nice to know that with the help of the government/MoD/DTI/MI5 our taxpayer’s money is siphoned off for illegal arms dealings, especially during the above period and then after some time we actually went to war with Iraq…….the country we had supported so strongly in illegal weapons, CBW, WMD…….the same country we helped in the attack against Iran and the same country we tried to elongate the war against Iran, hoping that Iraq would win…….how’s that for hypocrisy?

Just imagine all those that participated in this evil, under the table fraud/corruption still continue in office or are acting in an advisory role to their fellow political fraudster. We will cover part of this scam in the next part when we talk about those involved in the purchase of 3 X South African nuclear bomb using tax payer’s money and then lost them!!    

It is evident that, Sir Ken (as he his now known), was deeply involved in this other under the table deal when he took a rather young research office, by the name of David Cameron, from the apron strings of Maggie Thatcher to South Africa  

Matrix Churchill Inquiry collapsed almost as soon as it had started and this then led to another inquiry called the Scott Inquiry which commenced after Matrix Churchill in 1992 and was released to the public in 1996. The latter deeply involved Ms Tara Davison who played a key role in providing highly secretive evidence at a private sitting. Once can only assume that there was a close working relationship between Sir Ken Warren and Ms Davison (that may even continue to this day) as she would old vital information on the Government and DTI’s involvement in illegal arms dealings. Gordon Bowden thinks that she may be under some sort of Super Injunction and that someone like Ken Warren could well be pulling the strings!!

What I find incredible was that during this Matrix Churchill fiasco there were also some other irregularities going on….for instance Stephen Kock was a consultant to the Midland Bank who had a special section dealing with the financial side of the arms deals he also would have discussed much of his activity with Sir Ken Warren and I would have to ask the question who ordered the arrest of the Directors involved in “Supergun” and why were Customs forced to drop the charges when it was know that the parts they had found had military applications? Did Ken Warren play a significant role in watering down the Scott Report……according to Ms Davison he certainly did!!

I find it also ironic that those Directors were charged with exporting tools to Iraq for military purposes but where cleared when it was revealed that MI5 were clearly aware of these activities and the British Government were doing a sort of double deal with Iraq. Many businessmen were charged but it never got to court because they knew too much about the governments “double dipping.”

Another interesting fact is that Ministers Alan Clarke, William Waldergrove and Lord Trefgarne agreed that the guidelines for Iraq be revised (relaxed)…this change of policy was never announced to the Parliament and yet all those associated with the DTI would have known……..you may even find it hard to believe that back in 1988/9 our government even allowed mustard gas and nerve gas agents to be exported to Iraq……so much for our high horse standards hey?

UK Politicians profited from most of what was going on at the time and the fact that our government awarded Iraq with billions of pounds of export credit to purchase arms.

I think we can leave it at that for the time being as this whole sordid wheeling and dealing is extremely complex and so hard to take in at any one time. However what you can look at is one page from Ms Davison’s webpage before it was shut down that shows who was involved in what……….I am sure that if Sir Ken Warren is behind or assisting Ms Davison she could well become a liability for his demise………as they say you are never too old to end up in prison and I certainly could not think of any better place for him to end his last days…….after all he did nothing to bring this country back into respectability and like most of his elite brigade may well have taken blood money, especially in regard to the South African nuclear bombs that were illegally purchased and then stolen. 

 

It goes without saying that by the time you have read all my articles you may well feel intensely sick at the terrible actions carried out by the respective governments that we have put in office. Add to this their determination to lead us all into a police state and to force us to succumb to the New World Order and one can only say “thank God I will be long gone.”

How the British people can take back their country from these evil satanic ruling elite is certainly not going to be easy but I am sure that justice can prevail and one can live in hope.

I find that during such moments in time the words of Ghandi can bring us all contentment…..Maybe Sir Kenneth Warren would do well to heed these words:

  “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the

end, they always fall — think of it, ALWAYS.”

 

Ghandi

 

 

The next article will cover some other shonky deals that have taken place i.e. Allivane and Astra with some sudden deaths that just so happened to occur to people who knew too much!!

 

What this space for more slime and grime

 

Peter Eyre – Middle East Consultant – 18/6/2011 www.eyreinternational.wordpress.com

 

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