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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

It's interesting to watch a trickle turn into a torrent...

The Downing Street Memo seems to be picking up more and more steam, even though the mainstream media has been rather reluctant to cover it.

Here's what the Washington Post had to say on it today:

"...More than a month after its publication, the so-called Downing Street Memo remains among the top 10 most viewed articles on The Times of London site.

It's not hard to see why this remarkable document, published in The Times on May 1 (and reported in this column on May 3), continues to attract reader interest around the world, especially with British Prime Minister Tony Blair visiting Washington Tuesday.

The July 2002 memo, labeled "SECRET AND STRICTLY PERSONAL - UK EYES ONLY," reports the views of "C," code name for Richard Dearlove, the chief of British intelligence. Dearlove had just retuned from a visit with Bush administration officials eight months before the war in Iraq began.

"Military action was now seen as inevitable," Dearlove told Blair and his senior defense policy advisers. "Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

A separate secret briefing paper for the meeting said Britain and the United States had to "create" conditions to justify a war.

The story attracted some news coverage in the United States, but not much. Last month, the Chicago Tribune concluded that "the Downing Street memo story has proven to be something of a dud in the United States. ..."

There's a coalition of groups, After Downing Street, that are pushing for a formal investigation into this, and in this is "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" against the American people that would be grounds for impeachment of the President. There's also a group of bloggers, currently 362, the Big Brass Alliance, which this blog recently joined.

Over 100,000 citizens have signed John Conyer's letter asking certain questions about the lead up to the Iraq war.

Now if only we could get a real investigation into what really happened on 9/11.