STOP PRESS : DETAILS OF INTEREST IN INVESTIGATION,end of this page.
It is very difficult to resist the temptation to read this case as an Agatha Christie v. John Le Carre volume on British Governmant Crime.
From the start it should be made clear that the discovery of the electro-cardiogram plaques in place on David Kelly's torso indicate an ongoing monitoring programme that would in medical fact, if followed by his doctor, ensure that a complete diary would be held for a while that would include the events, conversations and people that created for the patient an arrousal of the disparate rhythms of the hearts muscles. It has been written in the media that Janice Kelly has a diary that she intends giving to the MoD (Ministry of Defence). Let us hope that she retained a copy. *see stop press below
Another consideration is the description of David Kelly as an internationally recognised investigator and arms inspector in Iraq. He was apparently infinitely detailed and aggressive in his interrogations. Suddenly in June a method of procedure of which he had hitherto been master had reversed and one can see in the photograph most widely printed in the media that he felt himself a victim of an extraordinary procedure,... that he was now a victim of aggressive interrogation.. Being a scientist, and of a leading peer group of our times as an investigator into biological and toxic chemichals, he had always been ready to converse on the subject of his studies for journalists, most of them, perhaps, employed by scientific journals. He failed to loose that free habit it seems, when his new employer, the MoD, subscribed to a secret limitation on such discussions. On May 7th this year he discussed on the phone, with Susan Watts of the BBC, the dossier that Tony Blair had used to persuade a remnant of the British public - notably all those whose jobs would be affected by either disagreement or abatement of war, such as politicians and arms dealers - as she enquired into the text base of the main phrase, repeated three times in that dossier, (that knowledgeable minds anywhere and everywhere could not get their heads round,) i.e. that it would take Hussein only 45 minutes, from a moment of decision, to launch an attack on Western Civilisation with biochemical or nuclear weapons. Just over two weeks later another BBC journalist,Andrew Gilligan,, had an interview with David Kelly on the same subject, possibly to substantiate a belief that this "45 minute" phrase was only a spin-government's appraisal of the facts that the inspection team had clearly not dismissed, the case that weapons of mass destruction (WMD) might yet be found.It is the repetition of this phrase so many times that aroused suspicion - that it might be a coloquialism easily adopted as imminent threat by a nervous public - a "spin" propaganda by government officials.
Another curiosity of this case is the place and timing of the suicide. When Dr.Kelly left home for one of his familiar walks in the countryside in the afternoon on Thursday that week, had he been expected to then visit a pub, as he often did, subsequently - for it was only at 11.45 that police were called in to search for the missing man? Dr. Kelly, when he died, did not die in a hidden spot - he had climbed an open field up from the pathway below, where on the brow of the field, alredy cut and dry from haymaking or grain cull, his corpse was found. When his widow was allowed to identify him, a curious word that.."allowed", was it in the morgue or on the spot where he was found? And why did the wristwatch have blood on it although it had been removed? He used glasse , it seems at all times, what was his sight ability when they were removed and where were they in relation to the body...?
Another matter I find extraordinary, especially as there was only one burst of surprise in the media, and that is that the investigation by Lord Hutton is to be taken without the oath. This fact ofcourse became obviously beneficial to some, other than the Government. This is why: if Tony Blair had advocated the oath no further media enquiry or statement or debate could have been undertaken from that moment on, until the investigation began. Without it Tony could allow his puppet masters Mandelson and Cambell and other members of Cabinet, Government and civil service make any level of accusation of the BBC, or dispense any information of their choice. There is a wellknown psychological rule of thumb that is familiar to all the upper echelons of institutions - allow complaint full flood from the tap, turn it on full! as then the complaint will flush out all the emotions of the public that can then-on only be arroused with difficulty. One beneficiary: Tony Blair. And others? Well ofcourse for during the full spate of public horror and outrage the newspapers could write what they liked and benefit from larger than usual sales. Newspaper sales have been decreasing everywhere so this was a welcome deal.
Another absolutely reprehensible step by Lord Hutton, a judge chosen by Tony Blair and whose report is to be edited by Tony Blair, is that he is calling a "representative" of the Bahi'a Faith, a Sufi type religion from Iraq (i.e based on principles of behaviour and love similar to Buddhism is perhaps a better description) to the interrogation at the outset of the 2-part method he is adopting. To call on, and interrogate,this religious dimension as a feature of the hoped for revelation of the truth is utterly out of order. If he had been a Catholic would his priest have been called to deliver up the secrets of Confession?
Now that a Mr.Tom Kelly of the Civil Service is taking stick for a disgraceful and reprehensible phrase, an insufferable insult to the memory of a fine and honourable man, , victim perhaps of the power fantasies of government ; will Tony Blair be able to rescue Geoff Hoon from dismissal?Mr. Tom Kelly is from Ireland, where Lord Hutton also worked as a judge.
A most fascinating addition has come into this with regard to programme editing of documents on the net: "many programmes store this information as metadata in the file."..."Usuall this log is hidden, but it is not hard to write a utility to retrieve it. When the government published the second dossier on Iraq's security and intelligence in February as a Word document on the Downing St website, one curious reader looked at all the revision log. He retrieved the names of a Foreign Office official, a Downing St official and two people in the primeminister's press office, along with anonymous users at the Communications Information Centre, where the dossier was drafted (and where the material from an old PhD thesis was incorporated." Mary Branscombe, Guardian 7thAugust 2003 J.Braddellę, Editor
(1)(Guardian)At the start of yesterday's hearing Lord Hutton revealed why four electrocardiogram pads were found on Dr. Kelly. Ambulance paramedics had placed them there who had tried to resuscitate Dr. Kelly.
(2)(Guardian pg.5)Martin Howard,Dept.Chief of Intelligence at the Government Ministry of Defense said intelligence about Iraq being able to use Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) within 45 minutes was received on Aug30th 2002, and probably did not appear in the various drafts of the dossier until Sept15th, 2002.He confirmed the information came from a single source. an Iraqi military officer who was "reliable"..(why was source not named? jb.ed.).....
(3)(Guardian pg.5)Terence Taylor close friend and former colleague now working in the USA as Executive Director of the Defense and Security Think Tank at the International Institute of Strategic Studies said they had not discussed the Iraq dossier row in detail during the phone call from America(four days before Dr,Kelly's death)Mr.Taylor was speaking by satellite link from Australia, where he is at present (one wonders why?jb.ed). Mr. Taylor had planned to visit Dr. Kelly, from the USA,on July 19th, the day his body was found.
THURSDAY 14th August
On the 3rd August in the Sunday Independent in a reference to Dr. David Kelly's death there is the following paragraph:Academics and scientists closely involved in helping draft new, tougher international treaties on chemical and biological weapons, said their senior defense and intelligence contacts now refuse to share information on arms control issues - because Dr. Kelly's death has sent shock waves throughout Whitehall. There is a further reference to the above mentioned Terence Taylor who "worked closely" with Dr. Kelly and ends: Dr. Malcolm Dando, who runs a global programme at Bradford University to draft a new bio-warfare treaty, said this could directly undermine attempts to formulate abiological and toxic weapons treaty in 2006."My fear is that it is going to be much more difficult to have the kind of transparency we need," he said.
Terence Taylor had visited Dr. Kelly four weeks before his death and was due to visit him on the day Kelly's body was found.. Also, prior to May 30th when Susan Watts taped a telephone conversation , Dr. Kelly had just returned from America, so we can assume Terence Taylor is very important in the overall picture. The following from Rense.com gives some indication of Dr. Kelly's interests in USA :