The Downing Street Minutes say that the Bush administration was already committed to waging war on Iraq a year before the war began and was asking the British government to “fix” the intelligence data and facts around the policy. The three page memo contains the minutes of a highest level cabinet meeting with the British Prime Minister at Downing Street in July 2002. It was published in the Times of London on May 1, 2005. The Downing Street Memo created a storm in the international press but was suppressed in most US media. If the allegations are true they may lead to impeachment proceedings against George W. Bush.
On Thursday June 16th, 2005, Rep. John Conyers, ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, along with other Congress Members, held a 3 hour hearing at the Capitol on the Downing Street Minutes. The witnesses called were attorney John Bonifaz, veteran CIA analyst Ray McGovern, Cindy Sheehan whose son Casey was killed in Iraq, and ambassador Joseph Wilson.
The Downing Street Minutes are posted on <http://www.afterdowningstreet.org>
Interesting article in the Los Angeles Times <http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-smith23jun23,0,1838831.story>
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