Category Archives: Downing Street Memo

Armed Madhouse: Who’s Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme to Steal ‘08,No Child’s Behind Left, and Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War by Greg Palast (Mindmap)

Mindmap of Greg Palast book Armed Madhouse

Must read.
You know Greg Palast as the ex-pat journalist that reports for the BBC and reported to the rest of the world how the 2000 election was FUBARed while no one in the US did a damned thing. He’s back.

Armed Madhouse is a complete tour of the greedy, selfish assholes that run our country – and the world – and their plans for the next few years.

Mindmapped for ya. Enjoy.

Mindmap in PNG format (1 MB).

Action Required: Resolution of Inquiry for Downing Street Memo

From David at

Congresswoman Barbara Lee and 29 co-sponsors are backing a Resolution of Inquiry which, if passed, will require the White House and the State Department to "transmit all information relating to communication with officials of the United Kingdom between January 1, 2002, and October 16, 2002, relating to the policy of the United States with respect to Iraq."  If the Downing Street Documents are not accurate, this is the White House’s opportunity to prove it.

We need you to ask your Congress Member to co-sponsor.  Many, even possibly some Republicans, will co-sponsor this, but they have to be asked.

Please do all three of the following:


Right-Wing Blogs Attack Downing Street Memo Authenticity

Hoping to do a TANG/Rathergate repeat, conservative blogs are harping on rumors that the Downing Street Memo/Minutes might not be authentic.

ThinkProgress has a takedown:

The conservative blogosphere, desperate to discredit the Downing Street Minutes, is abuzz with the ridiculous rumor that London Times reporter Michael Smith – who broke the DSM story – used to work for Mary Mapes at CBS. It took me a grand total of one phone call to CBS to see if this rumor was true. The answer is no. The Michael Smith who used to work for Mary Mapes is not the same Michael Smith who writes for the London times.

When in doubt, attack reality. 

30+ Congress Members Attend Conyers Downing Street Memo Hearing

The hearings were pretty good – I caught most of them – looking to see what happens next (if anything):

Yesterday’s public hearing was held in a cramped room in the basement of the Capitol. The Republican-led House scheduled 11 votes to be held that same afternoon – more votes than House members cast all week in any 2-hour period. Ohio Congressmember Marcy Kaptur called it “very interesting timing.”

US Ombudsmen Blame AP for Lacking Memo Coverage

From Salon:

As American newspaper editors look back and examine why the controversial Downing Street memo, first published by the Times of London on May 1, received so little coverage in their papers, several of them are pointing to the same culprit: the Associated Press. But Jim Cox, USA Today’s senior assignment editor for foreign news, told Salon that when the story first broke last month, “we looked to wires for guidance” but for days didn’t see anything.

Could you have possibly opened up a goddamn browser and seen the coverage happening in the rest of the world? What a bunch of asshats.

Prediction: There will be some kind of John Conyers scandal leaked in the next several days to paint him as a traitor or unsavory individual.

Republicans Deny Capitol for Downing Street Memo Hearings

Update: Hearings actually moved back to the Capitol. Yay!

This is nice:

Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and other Congress Members will hold a hearing on the Downing Street Minutes and related evidence of efforts to cook the books on pre-war intelligence. The hearings are being held at the Democratic National Committee because the Republicans controlling the House Judiciary Committee refused to permit the ranking Democratic Member to use a room on the Hill. Republicans are welcome to attend.

Second Memo Leaked Adds More to Downing Street Memo Picture

Update: Documents were leaked as PDFs then taken down.

A second document has been leaked – this one a set of cabinet briefings:

The briefing paper, for participants at a meeting of Blair’s inner circle on July 23, 2002, said that since regime change was illegal it was “necessary to create the conditions” which would make it legal. This was required because, even if ministers decided Britain should not take part in an invasion, the American military would be using British bases. This would automatically make Britain complicit in any illegal US action.

Remember ‘I voted for the $47 billion before I voted against it’ thingy? How about, ‘I started the war before we voted to start it.: My boyfriend Jeremy Scahill over at Democracy Now:

President Bush began the invasion of Iraq, the air war against Iraq a year before he actually officially began it… Baghdad Bob, Chemical Ali, these guys were telling the truth. And they were saying the Bush administration is trying to provoke another Gulf of Tonkin here, by coming in and escalating these bombings. Tariq Aziz, the last time I talked to him, said the same thing. They’re sending U-2 spy planes. They want to us shoot it down. They’re looking for a reason to go to war.

Conyers Schedules Downing Street Hearing For Next Thursday

(thnx Sister)

The ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee has scheduled hearings on the 2002 minutes between senior British and American officials which asserted that intelligence was “being fixed” to support the case for war in Iraq. Conyers office has revealed that they will introduce new documents that corroborate the Downing Street Memo at the hearings June 16.

Downing Street Memo Gets a Little More Traction

Bit by bit the US media puts a little more attention on the Downing Street Minutes:

At a late afternoon news conference, Reuters correspondent Steve Holland asked Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair about a memo that’s been widely written about and discussed in Europe but less so in the USA. “We want what the Michael Jackson, Paris Hilton and Star Wars stories have gotten: endless repetition until people have heard about it,” says David Swanson, one of’s organizers.