Thursday, May 24, 2007

Appeal is started

According the the Guardian blog, the appeal has started about the gagging order on reporting the trial.

Richard Norton-Taylor points out that

We cannot even report - or link to - what Larry Miller, said about the trial and the document in his Letter from London for the American channel and website, CBS.

The link is HERE

As mentioned previously, this blog is not in the UK so much as hosted by Google in a secure space somewhere.

Larry Miller writes
While the jail sentences are relatively short, the two men have no careers to come back to. But at least they will be alive, unlike scientist, weapons inspector and civil servant David Kelly, who killed himself after telling a reporter the Blair government had "sexed up" the dossier that led to the war in Iraq.

Incidentally, the government has just been told that under the Freedom of Information Act, it needs to disclose an early draft of this dossier to show if the claim that Saddam Hussein could deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes was inserted at the last minute to "sex it up." The government can, of course, choose not to disclose it.

So the David Kelly story is cropping up again. The Iraq war was launched and sustained with exetreme measures of news management. Dissent has been controlled so far to some extent but there are objections surfacing in different ways.

I still don't understand why the UK authorities claim the security issue is about avoiding embaressment for UK diplomatic allies when US media such as CBS seem quite ok about reporting the story.


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