The Talking Lion

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

After Downing Street. Things need did.

There's a small chance anyone who reads this remembers my first real post. Ya see there is this memo, the Downing Street Memo, a British memo recently made public in the London Times, which contained the minutes of a secret July 2002 meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top national security officials.

This memo is the first solid bit (not a smoking gun, I stress) of evidence of what we all knew: George Bush lied to us to go to war in Iraq. Within the minutes of the memo, a high-ranking British intelligence official says that the Bush Administration was "fixing the intelligence around policy." Meaning, shaping the intel from CIA/NSA/FBI/etc. so that it fit what they wanted so they could justify, to the American people and Congress, invading Iraq.

Important stuff, huh? Well our press has been its spineless self and hardly anyone has even mentioned it (the WashPost had one article a couple weeks ago on A-18):

"Military action was now seen as inevitable," said the notes, summarizing a report by Richard Dearlove, then head of MI6, British intelligence, who had just returned from consultations in Washington along with other senior British officials. Dearlove went on, "Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD [weapons of mass destruction]. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."
So if little people like me don't do shit, there will be no consequences. And it is with that in mind that I announce: The Talking Lion, alongside veterans' groups, peace groups, and political activist groups, and about 150+ blog, has joined the After Downing Street alliance (Big Brass Alliance).

Whats happening right now? Well:

John Bonifaz, a Boston attorney specializing in constitutional litigation, sent a memo to Congressman John Conyers of Michigan, the Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, urging him to introduce a Resolution of Inquiry directing the House Judiciary Committee to launch a formal investigation into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House to impeach President Bush. Bonifaz's memo, made available today at, begins: ‘The recent release of the Downing Street Memo provides new and compelling evidence that the President of the United States has been actively engaged in a conspiracy to deceive and mislead the United States Congress and the American people about the basis for going to war against Iraq. If true, such conduct constitutes a High Crime under Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution.’"
So, we who are in this alliance are going to do what we can to raise awareness of this bullshit to force Congress to begin an inquiry.

Conyers has a petition and is seeking 100,000 signatures. So friggin SIGN HERE. Write your congress people HERE.

More on this later...


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