Saturday, 13 February 2010

Questions the Iraq Inquiry must ask Gordon Brown about his criminal offences re the Iraq War

Gordon Brown, UK Prime Minister, is due to be interviewed by the Chilcot Inquiry sometime in March 2010.

As you'll probably know, Gordon Brown was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1997 before taking over as Prime Minister from Tony "The Terrorist" Blair.

Given that the Iraq War is terrorism, as defined in Section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2000, then it is difficult to argue that Gordon Brown hasn't committed at least some of the financial terrorist offences described in Sections 15 to 19 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Here is a provisional list of questions that, if Chilcot were genuinely an inquiry, would have to be asked.

1. Mr Brown, do you accept that the Government of Iraq changed as a result of the use of military force by the United Kingdom and others in March 2003?

2. Mr Brown, what part did you play in relation to those military operations?

3. Can you confirm to the inquiry approximately how much public money was made available on your authority to support the military action?

4. Mr Brown, were you aware of the Reinsurance (Acts of Terrorism) Act 1993? And that in Section 2(2) of that Act that the overthrowing of a goverment by force is deemed to be "an act of terrorism".

5. Mr Brown are you aware of the Terrorism Act 2000, an act passed into UK Law by the United Kingdom Parliament?

6. Mr Brown, the inquiry has offered you legal advisers, to help you interpret the meaning of the Terrorism Act 2000. Is it the advice you have now received that the Iraq War was "terrorism" as defined in Section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2000?

7. Mr Brown, I draw to your attention Sections 15 to 17 of the Terrorism 2000. Can you tell the Inquiry the advice you received re whether or not, you committed criminal offences in respect of the public money you made available for the purposes of terrorism in Iraq?

8. Mr Brown, are you sure that you wish to answer no further questions on grounds of self-incrimination?

9. Very well, you may leave. Thank you for such cooperation as you felt able to give the Inquiry.

Perhaps not literally like that, but these are issues that MUST be explored by Chilcot and, in time, by UK courts.

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