Rupert Watch: Tony Blair Lying at the Leveson Inquiry
By Michael Collins

(Washington, 5/28/2012) Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair testified before the Leveson Inquiry today. He retains that familiar fatuous exuberance for failed policies and continues to deny the deadly lies he told in over a decade as Prime Minister. He was, as always, quite literally unbearable.(Image: Niecieden)

President George W. Bush had major problems selling his disastrous invasion plans for Iraq. The public smelled a rat. Strong majorities of both Democrats and Republicans opposed a preemptive invasion without confirmation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by UN inspectors. That was during December 2002 and January 2003. Bush needed something special to push his diabolic plan over the top.

Blair’s government released two fraudulent intelligence papers during the critical period just before the March 2003 Iraq invasion, the September 2002 report and the Iraq or Dodgy Dossier in early February 2003. Rupert Murdoch’s media cartel led the charge for war. He headlined stories about both bogus reports including the outrageous claim that Iraq could launch chemical weapons at the invaders within 45 minutes of an attack and the big lie about Iraq seeking uranium from Niger to develop nuclear weapons.

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2 Comments to “Tony Blair at the Leveson Inquiry:
“I don’t know no Godfather””

  • Memories are short. Murdoch and his newspapers donated roughly ₤1 million to Blair’s first campaign to be prime minister and to bring New Labour to power.

    Blair’s been bought and paid for by Murdoch for a long, long time.

  • First, Mark, thanks so much for running this. Regardless of Leveson’s bias, these hearings are exposing considerable detail regarding how governments are bought and manipulated.

    Montag, you’re right. The inclination of Blair to give any information that was truly useful about Murdoch was about zero. There was no mention of Murdoch’s gifts to Bair during the testimony tainting the effort. The invitation to help write press rules by Leveson at the end was positively bizarre. The mous outrageous acts of our time are committed in public. .

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