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The Dodgy Dossier

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The Dodgy Dossier

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The Dodgy Dossier

The Dodgy Dossier - aka Iraq: Its Infrastructure of Concealment, Deception and Intimidation - was issued by Alastair Campbell on 3 February 2003. The document seemed to provide evidence from “a number of sources including intelligence reports” that the Iraqi regime was manufacturing and capable of using weapons of mass destruction. Unusually for such a significant document, one that formed a major part of Blair’s argument for leading the country to war against Iraq, those sources weren’t credited. A journalist at Channel 4 news discovered that large sections of this official dossier had been lifted from a student paper published on the internet. It still included some of that student’s typos. The revelation that this crucial document was so slackly compiled seriously undermined the government’s credibility. Along with the scandal over the September Dossier (which claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction ready to launch within 45 minutes) the story of the Dodgy Dossier brought up some crucial issues. The right to be informed, the right to question and the right to decide what is done by the government in our name are still rights we hold dear and need to continue to protect.

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The Dodgy Dossier was used to justify a illegal war in Iraq and as such is a very important part of England's history. It should remind the English their leaders should not always be believed.

David Crawford


The 'Dodgy Dossier' was presented to the House of Commons by a BRITISH member of parlament (who was born in England, but is of Scottish descent). Quite how this can described as an 'English Icon' escapes me, we do not have an 'English Parlament', no more than we have an 'English Army', and our position on the UN security council is held in the name of 'Great Britain', not England. The Iraq war was not 'illegal' either, it was sanctioned under Resolution 1441, and only people who get their news from the BBC would think otherwise.
Mike Newman


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Donna Spencer

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