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17 July 2005

Greenstock Gagged ...



Sir Jeremy Greenstock, pictured above, is a man who has been variously described by the British media as having "impeccable integrity" and of being "a highly credible source" as well as being "one of Britain's most senior former diplomats". And rightly so, says This Old Brit.

Because, surely it was the possession of such admirable attributes as his integrity, seniority, experience, conscience and plain common decency, which helped elevate him to his present important position. Which is -- for the benefit of those unfamiliar with this 'pillar of the community' example of the archetypical 'best of British' breed -- director of the foreign policy think tank, The Ditchley Foundation.

It was, then, in such an eminent and respected capacity that Sir Jeremy was recently earmarked for a series of eagerly awaited public-speaking engagements -- including a sought after platform at next month's acclaimed Edinburgh Book Festival, in Scotland.

Sir Jeremy also just happens to be, British Prime Minister Tony Blair's former UK ambassador to the UN. Indeed, he actually held this prestigious post during the pre 2003 Iraq invasion and war period. Moreover, he was also Prime Minister Blair's special envoy to Iraq in the aftermath of the aforementioned acts of Anglo-American aggression.

However, as this headline from a joint piece from the pens of Peter Beaumont and Martin Bright in today's Observer shows -- everything changed, last night.

No 10 blocks envoy's book on Iraq

Martin Bright and Peter Beaumont

Sunday July 17, 2005 - The Observer

A controversial fly-on-the wall account of the Iraq war by one of Britain's most senior former diplomats has been blocked by Downing Street and the Foreign Office.

Then, the article goes on to explain why such an Orwellian '1984' form of censorship has been imposed.

The decision to block the book until Greenstock removes substantial passages will be interpreted as an attempt by ministers to avoid further embarrassing disclosures over the conduct of the war and its aftermath from a highly credible source.
Britain? A free country? With free speech? Unfortunately, for a long time now such old fashioned perceptions have been serially shown to be simply farcical, falsehoods.

Here's your next tasty teaser from today's Observer.

'I think some people are really quite surprised that someone like Sir Jeremy has done this,' said one source. 'In particular the way he has quoted private conversations with the Prime Minister.' Greenstock is also thought to be scathing about Bremer and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
And for your final taster.

Greenstock describes the American decision to go to war as 'politically illegitimate' ...
Ready for the rest of today's revelations? Then hit the link below.

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/politics/story/0,6903,1530311,00.html

16 Comments:

Anonymous harper said...

Little by little, this information WILL come out, no matter how hard they try to stop it.

5:44 pm  
Blogger D.F. Facti said...

What crap.

Of course, it just makes people speculate about what might be in the original text. Keeps it in play. Good. I'm pretty tired of the high brow hoodlums.

5:48 pm  
Anonymous Doug Watt said...

Can he publish the book elsewhere in europe?

6:06 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Dead right, Harper. 'They' have nearly run their length. They're eventually going to run out of lies.

Right again, Cosmic. The more they try to hide, the more the people will want to know. So by hook or by crook, when this book eventually does come out - there will be lines of buyers, many miles long.

Doug, there's nothing to stop him publishing anywhere where it's a more open society. But, as has happened to others before, he'd be prosecuted if he remained in this (his own)country.

Ain't 'freedom' fantastic?!

7:00 pm  
Blogger Michael said...

Richard, this is outrageous! So, do you suppose Sir Jeremy will "retire" to the Spanish Riviera, publish his book, and spend some months touring the "non-UK" world to publicize it?

Unfortunately, that's what it may come down to, for a British patriot. As someone on the Atrios blog recently commented, "Of course I love my country. I just think we need to start seeing other people."

9:01 pm  
Blogger JulieDee said...

Welcome to our world Richard. I got a call last night from a very nice young man at the FBI asking me if I REALLY still felt that killing the President was a viable option. "WHAT???!!!" says I. "Well, we are just wondering since on September 14th, 2001 at 13:47 you DID advocate that position in a debate with a member calling himself "HitlerWasGay" in the debate called "What is the answer to a GWBush Presidency?. We let that slide at the time mam taking into account your military record... but on further revue and considering your record both before the military and after, AND the semi-subversive and subversive organizations you have had contact with both then and recently we do have to question just where your loyalties lay now days mam." I sat there in stunned wonder at how he was able to get all of that out not only in one breath but without sounding as though he was running out at the end! That he had the info and that they were watching me didn't phase me. What DID bother me was what they could possibly consider "semi-subversive & subversive" about the organizations I was in contact with and more over HOW DARE THEY QUESTION MY LOYALTIES!!!!

So as you can figure, tomorrow is going to be a VERY busy day!

9:53 pm  
Blogger JulieDee said...

OH! In my anger I forgot to relate that the afore mentioned debate (which I really do not remember) supposedly took place on Yahoo.com (which I don't think I've been to in a good 7 years). Now HitlerWasGay I DO remember! A more implacable homophobe and racist
you'll never meet!

9:59 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

It is outrageous, Michael. I just hope that come tomorrow morning and a new working week, all those that recognise it for what it is - make one hell of a DEAFENING roar.

As for retiring and enjoying life in which ever way [and where ever] he chooses - I just hope things work out a million times better for him than they do for the scumbags.

10:52 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Argh! That sounds awful, Julie.

Tell you what though - they seem a bit slow on the uptake ... 7 years?

Let's hope they're a bit more competent when dealing with the real bad guys, eh?

10:55 pm  
Blogger noel adamson said...

It sounds like Sir Jeremy Greenstock will be persecuted, if not prosecuted, in the U.K. whether or not he publishes the book. Sooo...

juliedee; It is against the law to threaten to kill anyone but it is not against the law to advocate a trial and execution for BushCo members which, if we had a "fair and balanced"© legal system, would happen. My guess is that the homophobic nazi is the one pushing the issue too. They sure like the Republicans.

1:56 am  
Blogger JulieDee said...

Richard, awful isn't even the BEGINNING of it! ARGH! I AM PISSED!

I really don't EVER remember saying thatI would personally harm Bush. I have mentioned on MANY occasions that I would LIKE to see him come to great harm that is true but I have NEVER threatened to do him harm.

And the interesting thing Noel... it would seem that there is NO agent by the name that was given to me in the phone call (one "Dexter Bakker") in the SF office. And while they happily admitted that they have an open and active file on me, and there is no record of anyone from that office having called me. Now the FIB is a lot of things but when it comes to these sorts of things the lone friend I have there is honest and usually forthcoming.

9:05 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Just stick to "May the Furies and the Gods smite him in the end".

As for the book: tomorrow is the anniversary of the "suicide" of Jim Hatfield. He was the author of "Fortunate Son" and whose book was BANNED AND BURNED by the Bushes...object lesson to everyone prying into their stinking affairs.

Sigh.

They really know how to silence people when they really want to do it.

5:45 am  
Anonymous Rosemary said...

Every time I hear about a book that can't get published, I think about what happened to Jim Hatfield. I also think about the book a group of people in France wanted to publish very early on about suspicious circumstances surrounding 9/11. No one would touch it.

5:18 am  
Blogger JulieDee said...

It seems that the person who called me purporting to be an FBI agent is not in fact a federal employee of ANY kind... nor is this the first time the silly little bastard has done something this stupid. I may end up being called as a witness!

4:47 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

If you are called, Julie, do your best to ensure the little shit gets his just desserts.

2:40 am  
Blogger JulieDee said...

You KNOW I will Richard!

7:10 pm  

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