The Downing Street Memo is only the beginning of the proof we were all lied to.

Michael Rivero / | July 30, 2008

“All war is based on deception.” — Sun Tzu, The Art of War

There is nothing new in a government lying to their people to start a
war. Indeed because most people prefer living in peace to bloody and
horrific death in war, any government that desires to initiate a war
usually lies to their people to create the illusion that support for the
war is the only possible choice they can make.

President McKinley told
the American people that the USS Maine had been sunk in Havana Harbor by a
Spanish mine. The American people, outraged by this apparent unprovoked
attack, supported the Spanish American War. The Captain of the USS Maine
had insisted the ship was sunk by a coal bin explosion, investigations
after the war proved that such had indeed been the case. There had been no

Hitler used this principle of lying to his own people to initiate an
invasion. He
told the people of Germany that Poland had attacked first
. The
Germans, convinced they were being threatened, followed Hitler into Poland
and into World War 2.

FDR claimed Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack.

It wasn’t
. The United States saw war with Japan as the means to get
into war with Germany, which Americans opposed. So Roosevelt needed Japan
to appear to strike first. Following an

8-step plan devised by the Office of Naval Intelligence,
intentionally provoked Japan into the attack. Contrary to the official
story, the fleet did not maintain radio silence, but sent messages
intercepted and decoded by
intercept stations
. Tricked by the lie of a surprise attack, Americans
marched off to war.

President Johnson lied about the

Gulf of Tonkin
to send Americans off to fight in Vietnam. There were
no torpedoes in the water in the Gulf. LBJ took advantage of an
inexperienced sonar man’s report to goad Congress into escalating the

It is inescapable historical reality that leaders of
nations will lie to their people to trick them into wars they otherwise
would have refused. It is not "conspiracy theory" to suggest that leaders
of nations lie to trick their people into wars. It is undeniable fact.

This brings us to the present case.

Did the government of the United States lie to the
American people, more to the point, did President Bush and his Neocon
associates lie to Congress, to initiate a war of conquest in Iraq?

This question has been given currency by a
memo leaked
from inside the British Government
which clearly indicates a decision
to go to war followed by the "fixing" of information around that policy.
This is, as they say, a smoking gun.

But the fact is that long before this memo surfaced, it
had become obvious that the US Government, aided by that of Great Britain,
was lying to create the public support for a war in Iraq.

First off is Tony Blair’s "Dodgy
", a document released by the Prime Minister that made many of
the claims used to support the push for war. The dossier soon collapsed
when it was revealed that much of it had been plagiarized from a student
thesis paper that was 12 years old!

The contents of the dossier, however much they seemed to create a good
case for invasion, were obsolete and outdated.

This use of material that could not possibly be relevant at the time is
clear proof of a deliberate attempt to deceive.

Then there was the claim about the "Mobile biological weapons
laboratories". Proffered in the absence of any real laboratories in the
wake of the invasion, photos of these trailers were shown on all the US
Mainstream Media, with the claim they while seeming to lack anything
suggesting biological processing, these were part of a much larger
assembly of multiple trailers that churned out biological weapons of mass

The chief proponent of this hoax was Colin Powell, who presented
illustrations to the

United Nations on February 5th, 2003

This claim fell apart when it was revealed that these trailers were
nothing more than hydrogen gas generators used to inflate weather
balloons. This fact was already known to both the US and UK, as a British
company manufactured the units and sold them to Iraq.

Colin Powell’s speech to the UN was itself one misstatement after
another. Powell claimed that Iraq had purchased special aluminum tubes
whose only possible use was in uranium enrichment centrifuges. Both CIA
and Powell’s own State Department confirmed that the tubes were parts for
missiles Saddam was legally allowed to have. Following the invasion, no
centrifuges, aluminum or otherwise were found.

Powell also claimed to the United Nations that photos showed
"Decontamination Vehicles". But when United Nations inspectors visited the
site after the invasion, they located the vehicles and discovered they
were just firefighting equipment.

Powell claimed the Iraqis had illegal rockets and launchers hidden in
the palm trees of Western Iraq. None were ever found.

Powell claimed that the Iraqis had 8,500 liters (2245 gallons) of
Anthrax. None was ever found.

Powell claimed that Iraq had four tons of VX nerve gas. The UN had
already confirmed that it was destroyed. The only VX ever found were
samples the US had left as "standards" for testing. When the UN suspected
that the US samples had been used to contaminate Iraqi warheads, the

US moved quickly to destroy the samples before comparison tests could be
carried out

Powell claimed that Iraq was building long-range remote drones
specifically designed to carry biological weapons. The only drones found
were short-range reconnaissance drones.

Powell claimed that Iraq had an aggregate of between 100 and 500 tons
of chemical and biological warfare agents. Powell gave no basis for that
claim at all, and a DIA report issued the same time directly contradicted
the claim. No biological or chemical weapons were found in Iraq following
the invasion.

Powell claimed that "unnamed sources" confirmed that Saddam had
authorized his field commanders to use biological weapons. No such weapons
were ever used by the Iraqis to defend against the invasion and, of
course, none were ever found in Iraq.

Powell claimed that 122mm warheads found by the UN inspectors were
chemical weapons. The warheads were empty, and showed no signs of ever
having contained chemical weapons.

Powell claimed that Iraq had a secret force of illegal long-range Scud
missiles. None were ever found.

Powell claimed to have an audio tape proving that Saddam was supporting
Osama Bin Laden. But

independent translation of the tape revealed Osama’s wish for Saddam’s

Colin Powell’s UN debacle also included spy photos taken from high
flying aircraft and spacecraft. On the photos were circles and arrows and
labels pointing to various fuzzy white blobs and identifying them as
laboratories and storage areas for Saddam’s massive weapons of mass
destruction program. Nothing in the photos actually suggested what the
blobby shapes were and inspections which followed the invasion, all of
them turned out to be rather benign. In at least one case, the satellite
Powell claimed had taken one of the pictures had actually

been out of operation at the time
. And many questioned why Powell was
showing black and white photos when the satellites in use at the time over

took color images

Another piece of evidence consists of documents which President Bush
referenced as in his 2003 State of the Union Speech. According to Bush,
these documents proved that Iraq was buying tons of uranium oxide, called
"Yellow Cake" from Niger. Since Israel had bombed Iraq’s nuclear power
plant years before, it was claimed that the only reason Saddam would have
for buying uranium oxide was to build bombs.

This hoax fell apart fast when it was pointed out that Iraq has a great
deal of uranium ore inside their own borders and no need to import any
from Niger or anywhere else. The I.A.E.A. then blew the cover off the
fraud by announcing that the documents Bush had used were not only
forgeries, but too obvious to believe that anyone in the Bush
administration did not know they were forgeries!

In the end, the real proof that we were lied to about Iraq’s weapons of
mass destruction is that no weapons of mass destruction were ever found.
That means that every single piece of paper that purported to prove that
Iraq had weapons of mass destruction was by default a fraud, a hoax, and a
lie. There could be no evidence that supported the claim that Iraq had
weapons of mass destruction because Iraq did not have weapons of mass
destruction. In a way, the existence of any faked documents about Iraq’s
WMDs is actually an admission of guilt. If one is taking the time to
create fake documents, the implication is that the faker is already aware
that there are no genuine documents.

What the US Government had, ALL that they had, were copied student papers,
forged "Yellow Cake" documents, balloon inflators posing as bioweapons
labs, and photos with misleading labels on them. And somewhere along the
line, someone decided to put those misleading labels on those photos, to
pretend that balloon inflators are portable bioweapons labs, and to pass
off stolen student papers as contemporary analysis.

And THAT shows an intention to

Lawyers call this "Mens Rea", which means "Guilty Mind".
TV lawyer shows call it "Malice aforethought". This means that not only
did the Bush Administration lie to the people and to the US Congress, but
knew they were doing something illegal at the time that they did it.

All the talk about "Intelligence failure" is just another
lie. There was no failure. Indeed the

Army agents who erroneously claimed that missile tubes were parts for a
uranium centrifuge received bonuses
, while the

Pentagon smeared Hans Blix
, and

John Bolton orchestrated the firing of Jose Bustani, the director of the
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, because Bustani was
trying to send chemical weapons inspectors to Baghdad

The President of the United States and his Neocon
associates lied to the people of the United States to send them off on a
war of conquest.

Defenders of the government will point to the cases listed
at the top of the page as proof that lying to the people is a normal part
of the leader’s job and we should all get used to it. And because
"Everybody does it" that we should not single out the present
administration. But this is madness. We do not catch all the murderers,
yet when we catch a murderer, we deal with them as harshly as possible, in
order to deter more murderers.

Right now, we have the criminals at hand. and, while other
leaders in history have lied to start wars, for the first time in history,
the lie stands exposed while the war started with the lies still rages on,
to the death and detriment of our young men and women in uniform. We
cannot in good moral conscience ignore this lie, this crime, lest we
encourage future leaders to continue to lie to use to send our kids off to
pointless wars. Lying to start a war is more than an impeachable offence;
it the highest possible crime a government can commit against their own
people. Lying to start a war is not only misappropriation of the nation’s
military and the nation’s money under false pretenses, but it is outright
murder committed on a massive scale. Lying to start a war is a betrayal of
the trust each and every person who serves in the military places in their
civilian leadership. By lying to start a war, the Bush administration has
told the military fatalities and their families that they have no right to
know why they were sent to their deaths. It’s none of their business.

Our nation is founded on the principle of rule with the
consent of the governed. Because We The People do not consent to be lied
to, a government that lies rules without the consent of the governed, and
ruling without the consent of the governed is slavery.

You should be more than angry. You should be in a rage.
You should be in a rage no less than that of the families of those young
men and women who have been killed and maimed in this war started with a
lie.You need to be in a rage and you need to act on that rage because even
as I type these words, the same government that lied about Iraq’s nuclear
weapons is telling the exact same lies about Iran’s nuclear capabilities.
The writing is on the wall; having gotten away with lying to start the war
in Iraq, the US Government will lie to start a war in Iran, and after that
another, and after that another, and another and another and another
because as long as you remain silent, and as long as you remain inactive,
the liars have no reason to stop.

As long as you remain inactive, the liars have no reason
to stop.


It is time to fire the

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of
evil is
for good men to do nothing"
–Edmund Burke


U.S.C. TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 47 � 1001.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, WHOEVER, in any matter
within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch
of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully�
(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by ANY trick, scheme, or device a
material fact;
(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or
representation; or
(3) makes or USES any false writing or document knowing the same to
contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or
entry; shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5
years, or both.
(b) Subsection (a) does not apply to a party to a judicial proceeding, or
that party’s counsel, for statements, representations, writings or
documents submitted by such party or counsel to a judge or magistrate in
that proceeding.
(c) With respect to any matter within the jurisdiction of the legislative
branch, subsection (a) shall apply only to�
(1) administrative matters, including a claim for payment, a matter
related to the procurement of property or services, personnel or
employment practices, or support services, or a document required by law,
rule, or regulation to be submitted to the Congress or any office or
officer within the legislative branch; or
(2) any investigation or review, conducted pursuant to the authority of
any committee, subcommittee, commission or office of the Congress,
consistent with applicable rules of the House or Senate.



The Bush administration and their friends in the

want this story to go away. More than want it to go away, they
are in a panic, and will do everything they can to stop it. They will use
every dirty trick, every paid shill, every presstitute that they can.
Already there is a report that the Michael Jackson jury is "expected" to
reach a verdict just before the Conyers hearings.

So, I want YOU to copy this article off, post it everywhere. This
article is placed in the public domain. Mail it to your friends. Then send
it to your local

and your
and have everyone you know do the same. Get on the
phones. Flood their offices.

The term is "Viral Marketing" where you get the people who need a
product to market it for you. Well, this nation NEEDS this "product". It
needs to know that this war was started with lies. INTENTIONAL lies. And
they need to know there is something they can do about it, and that is to
start pounding on the doors of power.

Because when a flood of such messages reaches the
Congress and the

, what they will hear is that there is no more time. Either they
will deal with these lies and the liars, in full, or they will lose all
credibility as a government and as


A government that lies to the people cannot be the legal government of
this land. Make sure that they understand that YOU understand that the
Constitution does not allow the government to lie to the people. Calling
themselves the government does not make it so if they act
unconstitutionally and illegally. The Constitution is the original
"Contract with America" and a government that lies stands in clear breach
of that contract.



But when a long train of abuses and usurpations,
pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under
absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such
Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

— "The

Declaration of Independence

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