Category: 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)

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Senators Up Press Re: Downing Street Memo

    Senator Kerry (D – MA) has sent a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee pressing for answers on the Downing Street Minutes and related documents. The letter, obtained by, is also signed by Senators Johnson, Corzine, Reed, Lautenberg, Boxer, Kennedy, Harkin, Bingaman, and Durbin.   And looky-here: Oil broke $60/barrell.

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]