Official documents by Lord Goldsmith, the British Attorney General, have been leaked to Channel 4 news today. His advice to Prime Minister Blair
states that an invasion of Iraq would be illegal if another U.N resolution was not approved. The Attorney General's advice was not shown to
parliament or even Blair's cabinet. 10 days after the initial advice, when a U.N resolution was not forthcoming, his advice abrubtly changed to that
of the invasion being legal with no reservations.
Channel Four news published what it said was the text of a secret March 7, 2003 opinion by Attorney General Lord Goldsmith stating that "a court
might well conclude" UN Security Council resolutions did not authorise war without a further resolution.
"I remain of the opinion that the safest legal course would be to secure the adoption of a further resolution to authorise the use of force,"
The argument that earlier resolutions authorised war "will only be sustainable if there are strong factual grounds for concluding that Iraq has
failed to take the final opportunity."
"In other words, we would need to be able to demonstrate hard evidence of non-compliance and non-cooperation."
Ten days later, after Britain failed to obtain a new resolution, Goldsmith presented the cabinet with a single page "summary" of his advice in which
he said conclusively that the war was legal and mentioned no doubts.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
The existence of this document has been no secret for a very long time and Mr.Blair had refused to make it public. Now we know why. Mr.Blair
knowlingly entered Britain into an illegal invasion of Iraq, for this he should be removed from office and put on trial.
If the Attorney General considered the invasion illegal you can damn well bet that a British court would find the same. Mr. Blair pressured Lord
Goldsmith into "changing" his advice thus negating any check and balance in our governmental system.
The timing of this leak is no suprise given the fact that the General Election is only 8 days away.
Bring on the Liberal Democrats!
[edit on 27/4/05 by subz]