Scott’s arms-to-Iraq report
 Normalising the
crime of the century by John Pilger The purpose of the Chilcot inquiry is to
normalise an epic crime by providing enough of a theatre of guilt to satisfy the
media so that the only issue that matters, that of prosecution, is never raised.
When he appears in January, Blair will play this part to odious perfection,
dutifully absorbing the hisses and boos. All “inquiries” into state crimes are
neutered in this way. In 1996, Lord Justice Scott’s arms-to-Iraq report
obfuscated the crimes his investigations and voluminous evidence had revealed.
.....At that time, I interviewed Tim Laxton, who had attended every day of the inquiry as auditor of companies taken over by MI6 and other secret agencies as vehicles for the illegal arms trade with Saddam Hussein. Had there been a full and open criminal investigation, Laxton told me, “hundreds” would have faced prosecution. “They would include,” he said, “top political figures, very senior civil servants from right throughout Whitehall … the top echelon of government.”