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Bush Plot To Bomb Al-Jazeera



22 November 2005
Madness of war memo
By Kevin Maguire And Andy Lines

PRESIDENT Bush planned to bomb Arab TV station al-Jazeera in friendly Qatar, a "Top Secret" No 10 memo reveals.

But he was talked out of it at a White House summit by Tony Blair, who said it would provoke a worldwide backlash.

A source said: "There's no doubt what Bush wanted, and no doubt Blair didn't want him to do it." Al-Jazeera is accused by the US of fuelling the Iraqi insurgency.

The attack would have led to a massacre of innocents on the territory of a key ally, enraged the Middle East and almost certainly have sparked bloody retaliation.

A source said last night: "The memo is explosive and hugely damaging to Bush.

"He made clear he wanted to bomb al-Jazeera in Qatar and elsewhere. Blair replied that would cause a big problem.

"There's no doubt what Bush wanted to do - and no doubt Blair didn't want him to do it."

A Government official suggested that the Bush threat had been "humorous, not serious".

But another source declared: "Bush was deadly serious, as was Blair. That much is absolutely clear from the language used by both men."

Yesterday former Labour Defence Minister Peter Kilfoyle challenged Downing Street to publish the five-page transcript of the two leaders' conversation. He said: "It's frightening to think that such a powerful man as Bush can propose such cavalier actions.

"I hope the Prime Minister insists this memo be published. It gives an insight into the mindset of those who were the architects of war."

Bush disclosed his plan to target al-Jazeera, a civilian station with a huge Mid-East following, at a White House face-to-face with Mr Blair on April 16 last year.

At the time, the US was launching an all-out assault on insurgents in the Iraqi town of Fallujah.

Al-Jazeera infuriated Washington and London by reporting from behind rebel lines and broadcasting pictures of dead soldiers, private contractors and Iraqi victims.

The station, watched by millions, has also been used by bin Laden and al-Qaeda to broadcast atrocities and to threaten the West.

Al-Jazeera's HQ is in the business district of Qatar's capital, Doha.

Its single-storey buildings would have made an easy target for bombers. As it is sited away from residential areas, and more than 10 miles from the US's desert base in Qatar, there would have been no danger of "collateral damage".

Dozens of al-Jazeera staff at the HQ are not, as many believe, Islamic fanatics. Instead, most are respected and highly trained technicians and journalists.

To have wiped them out would have been equivalent to bombing the BBC in London and the most spectacular foreign policy disaster since the Iraq War itself.

The No 10 memo now raises fresh doubts over US claims that previous attacks against al-Jazeera staff were military errors.

In 2001 the station's Kabul office was knocked out by two "smart" bombs. In 2003, al-Jazeera reporter Tareq Ayyoub was killed in a US missile strike on the station's Baghdad centre.

The memo, which also included details of troop deployments, turned up in May last year at the Northampton constituency office of then Labour MP Tony Clarke.

Cabinet Office civil servant David Keogh, 49, is accused under the Official Secrets Act of passing it to Leo O'Connor, 42, who used to work for Mr Clarke. Both are bailed to appear at Bow Street court next week.

Mr Clarke, who lost at the election, returned the memo to No 10.

He said Mr O'Connor had behaved "perfectly correctly".

Neither Mr O'Connor or Mr Keogh were available. No 10 did not comment.


Yet he didn't bomb al-Jazeera.

Most all be part of the grand conspiracy.


Even this administration isn't that stupid. It's the Daily Fucking Mirror, that's practically a tabloid over here in England. Get real.


The Grapevine show on Fox claims that the president was "joking"...


He should have bombed that shit.


Maybe ,He should bomb our southern border where thousands of would be terrorists and criminals cross illegally into our country everyday?? If these terrorists are such a threat you would think they would be walkin in all day long down there.



Please change your avatar. You are most definetly NOT Superman.

al-jaz is a mouthpiece for the terrorists.

However, I would use that to my advantage. Infiltrate and identify their sources.



True Superman is fictional, duh...


Why stop at the border? How about we drop a nuke on Guatamala?

How many of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers entered through the southern border?



CNN is reporting that the UK has warned their media that publishing details of the leaked memo is against the law.

Strange, you'd think perhaps there was a document that talked about this issue. Talk about lending credence to the issue!


Hey, we might have a new slogan...



You should trademark it and make money from it, like Trump's "You're Fired"...lol.


Jlesk, it looks like your conspiracy theories finally aligned with randome chance... it seems you've got one right with this isue.


Britain clamps lid on leaked memo
LONDON -- Britain's attorney general has invoked the Official Secrets Act to block publication of a leaked memo that purports to show disagreements between Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bush over the Iraq war.

The memo came to light Tuesday after a front-page story in London's Daily Mirror said that Bush wanted to bomb the Qatar headquarters of Al Jazeera, the Arabic television channel that has long been an irritant to the administration.

By Tuesday night, with The Daily Mirror hinting of more disclosures, Atty. Gen. Peter Goldsmith informed British newspaper editors that "publication of a document that has been unlawfully disclosed by a crown servant could be in breach of section 5 of the Official Secrets Act."

Several major British newspapers said Wednesday that while the Blair government has obtained court injunctions against newspapers in the past, this is the first time that editors have been threatened with prosecution in connection with the publication of a leaked document.
It looks, to me, that the British really don't want to embarrass Bush with this memo. Is there downside to the memo for anyone else?

Initially, British government officials brushed off the suggestion of an attack on the television network as a jest by Bush, and White House spokesman Scott McClellan on Tuesday told The Associated Press that, "We are not interested in dignifying something so outlandish and inconceivable with a response."

Hahahahaha. Inconceivable? I bet many many people wanted to bomb Al-Jazeera, it hasn't really been very friendly to western interests at any point as far as I can recall.
Last week, a former researcher for Clarke and a former Foreign Office official were charged with criminal offenses in connection with leaking the memo. They were released on bail and are next scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

Meanwhile, at least one member of Parliament has called on Blair to make the memo public. Peter Kilfoyle, a former Labor defense minister, said the memo was "a matter of great interest," and should be disclosed.

In 2001, Al Jazeera's office in Kabul was destroyed by U.S. bombs, and in 2003 reporter Tareq Ayyoub was killed in a U.S. missile strike on the network's Baghdad office. The U.S. denied that Al Jazeera had been targeted.
Hmm, maybe the memo says "AGAIN" or something equally damning?


It's ok, time tells all things.


I gotta tell you, this "A. Source" character comes across totally believably here, whereas that asshat "A. Government Official" sounds totally coached.

I stamp this myth "Confirmed"!


What a surprise...an imperialist war followed up by a curtailing of the media and a suppression of the truth....

"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."