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[ This message has been sent to you via the CASI-analysis mailing list ] This is an automated compilation of submissions to email@example.com Articles for inclusion in this daily news mailing should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a full reference to the source of the article. Today's Topics: 1. Iraq "could get state oil firm" (ppg) 2. UK Pays Families of Iraqis Killed by Brits (cafe-uni) 3. Full Text - Statement Issued By The Hutton Inquiry (cafe-uni) 4. Carnegie Group Says Bush Made Wrong Claims on WMD (cafe-uni) --__--__-- Message: 1 From: "ppg" <ppg@DELETETHISnyc.rr.com> To: <email@example.com> Subject: Iraq "could get state oil firm" Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2004 15:57:57 -0500 [ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] Story from BBC NEWS: http://tinyurl.com/3a8rw Thursday, 8 January, 2004, 17:35 GMT Iraq 'could get state oil firm' US advisers and Iraqi officials are considering the setting up of a state-r= un oil company in Iraq, according to the Wall Street Journal. The move would significantly limit the role of foreign oil companies in Ira= q, which has the second-largest proven oil reserves in the world. It also would help allay criticism that the US-led invasion was primarily a= imed at securing control of oil fields. "It's just pragmatism", a coalition authority adviser told the paper. Protected from politics Under the proposals, the day-to-day running of the company would be carried= out by a professional management team. While an oil minister would be ultimately responsible for what was happenin= g, the company would be somewhat insulated from political interference, the= Wall Street Journal (WSJ) said. A similar structure is in place in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and according to= Robert McKee, an oil adviser for the Coalition Provisional Authority, "our= preference is definitely in that direction". Interim oil minister Ibrahim Bahr al-Uloum is meeting separately with indus= try officials and plans to unveil a study on restructuring at an oil confer= ence in Baghdad next month. The advisers argue that a politically independent company would be able to = boost production and improve operations without fuelling nationalistic ange= r that the country's assets were being stripped. No decision yet And that, in the long run, may help bring an end to the social unrest that = has seen oil pipelines attacked and led to jostling between Kurds in the no= rth and Shia in the south, the WSJ said. A spokeswoman for the Coalition Provisional Authority, the US-led administr= ation that has run Iraq since Saddam Hussein was overthrown, was keen to po= int out that Mr McKee's role is purely one of adviser. The final decision on how Iraq's oil industry is run will ultimately be dec= ided by the Iraqi people themselves. "Nothing has been ruled out, nothing has been ruled in," she said. --__--__-- Message: 2 From: "cafe-uni" <cafe-uni@DELETETHISfreeuk.com> To: "casi news" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: UK Pays Families of Iraqis Killed by Brits Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2004 22:18:51 -0000 Use WWW.CAFE-UNI.CO.UK for news on Iraq and other Middle East News > MoD pays out for Iraqi civilian deaths > Richard Norton-Taylor > Wednesday January 7, 2004 > The Guardian > http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1117599,00.html > > The government has paid compensation believed to amount to thousands of > pounds to three families of Iraqi civilians allegedly killed by British > troops, it was disclosed yesterday. > > A further 13 claims following the deaths of Iraqi civilians are being > investigated, the Ministry of Defence said. > > One of the payments has been made to the family of Baha Mousa, the son of a > police colonel, who died allegedly after being assaulted with seven other > young Iraqis by British soldiers in Basra last September. > > A British army death certificate is reported to state that Mr Mousa died of > "asphyxia". > > One of the survivors of the alleged incident is reported to have suffered > serious kidney failure. > > The MoD yesterday declined to comment on a report that it had offered the > Mousa family =A34,500 in compensation. > > However, it insisted that money given to Iraqi families was in the form of > "ex gratia payments". That did not mean the MoD accepted liability for any > of the deaths, it said. "We do not accept admission of guilt. That is the > policy." > > But a spokesman said that "several British soldiers" were assisting the > special investigation branch of the military police who were undertaking > criminal inquiries. > > An investigation into Mr Mousa's death was continuing, he added. > > The compensation claims were revealed in a written parliamentary answer to > the Plaid Cymru MP, Adam Price. > > The MoD said 23 Iraqi families had made compensation claims following the > deaths of civilians. > > Seven of the claims have been rejected while another 13 are under > investigation. A further 73 claims have been made by Iraqi civilians > claiming to have been injured by British forces since May 1 last year. > > Mr Price will today call on the government to hold an independent inquiry > into the fatalities during a Commons debate on "postwar civilian deaths and > military operations in Iraq". > > He said yesterday: "In the majority of these cases we do not know the > circumstances or even the names of the victims as proper public scrutiny has > not been possible either in Iraq or in the UK." > > He added: "It is simply not acceptable for the military to be investigating > themselves and deciding on an ad hoc basis whether or not to award ex gratia > payments to the families of the deceased. > > "We need an independent and fully impartial investigation into all of these > allegations of civilian deaths involving coalition forces so that justice is > done and seen to be done by the long suffering people of Iraq." > > He said Carl Conetta, director of Washington-based thinktank Project on > Defence Alternatives, estimated there had been 200 civilian Iraqi deaths as > a result of action by occupying forces between May and November last year. > > Guardian Unlimited =A9 Guardian Newspapers Limited 2004 > --__--__-- Message: 3 From: "cafe-uni" <cafe-uni@DELETETHISfreeuk.com> To: "casi news" <email@example.com> Subject: Full Text - Statement Issued By The Hutton Inquiry Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2004 22:20:05 -0000 Use WWW.CAFE-UNI.CO.UK for news on Iraq and other Middle East News > Full text of the statement issued by the Hutton Inquiry > PA > 07 January 2004 > http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=3D47 8961 > > There have been a number of reports in the press today about written > submissions made to the Hutton Inquiry by the Government. Therefore Lord > Hutton has issued the following statement to clarify the position in > relation to those submissions: > > It has always been public knowledge that after the closing oral statements > by their counsel all the parties at the Inquiry were given the opportunity > to submit further written submissions. In his closing statement to the > Inquiry on 25th September 2003 Mr Dingemans QC, counsel to the Inquiry, > said: > > "The parties are being given the opportunity to put in any further written > submissions and given the opportunity to correct any factual errors they say > have been made in any written submissions." > > The parties were given this opportunity in the interests of fairness in case > any party considered that it had not fully developed all the points it > wished to make in the course of its oral submissions. > > The BBC, Mr Andrew Gilligan, the Kelly family, as well as the Government, > availed themselves of the opportunity to submit further written submissions, > and the further written submissions of each party were sent to all the other > parties. Therefore, contrary to the suggestions in some of the press reports > today, there was nothing surprising or unexpected or of special significance > in the making of these written submissions. > > The Inquiry received requests for the parties' written submissions to be > posted on its website and on 13th October 2003 the Inquiry's solicitor, Mr > Martin Smith, wrote to the solicitors for all the parties stating: > > "As you will be aware through your counsel, the Inquiry has received > requests for the parties' written submissions to be posted on its website. > Lord Hutton is currently minded to accede to this request in relation to the > parties' final (but not interim) submissions. > > "Please let me know whether you have any objections to this course of > action." > > The parties who had made oral submissions replied stating that they were > opposed to the publication of the written submissions pending the > publication of the report and, in slightly different terms, they all made > the point that publication would encourage a trial of various individuals > (against whom no criticism might be made in the report) by the media and > that this would be unfair. > > After considering this objection, and balancing the need to protect > individuals against the benefits of publishing the written submissions > before the delivery of his report, Lord Hutton concluded that he should not > publish the submissions pending his report, and that he would give further > consideration to the publication of the written submissions after the report > had been published. Therefore on 22nd October 2003 the Inquiry's solicitor > wrote to the respective solicitors for the parties as follows: > > "Thank you for your letter containing representations about whether Lord > Hutton should confirm his provisional view that it was appropriate for the > parties' final (but not interim) written submissions to be published on the > Inquiry's website. > > "Having reviewed your letter, and those received from the other parties on > this issue, Lord Hutton has decided that these documents should not be made > available to the public at this stage. Accordingly, the written submissions > will not be posted on the website prior to Lord Hutton's report being > published. > > "Lord Hutton will give further consideration to whether the parties' written > submissions should be made public, after his report is published." > > =A9 2003 Independent Digital (UK) Ltd > > --__--__-- Message: 4 From: "cafe-uni" <cafe-uni@DELETETHISfreeuk.com> To: "casi news" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Carnegie Group Says Bush Made Wrong Claims on WMD Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2004 22:20:59 -0000 Use WWW.CAFE-UNI.CO.UK for news on Iraq and other Middle East News > Carnegie group says Bush made wrong claims on WMD > Julian Borger in Washington > Thursday January 8, 2004 > The Guardian > http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1118424,00.html > > The Bush administration will today be accused of "systematically > misrepresenting" the threat posed by "Iraq's weapons of mass destruction" in > a comprehensive report on post-war findings. > > The report, by four experts on weapons proliferation at the respected > Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is likely to reignite calls for > acommission to look into the government's pre-war intelligence claims. > > According to the report, the absence of any imminent threat from Saddam > Hussein's chemical or nuclear programmes was "knowable" before the war. > There was greater uncertainty over biological weapons but no evidence strong > enough to justify war. > > The authors say the intelligence reports of Iraq's capabilities grew more > shrill in October 2002 with the publication of a National Intelligence > Estimate (NIE), which included an unusual number of dissenting views by > intelligence officials. > > The intelligence community, the report says, began to be unduly influenced > by policymakers' views "sometime in 2002". Repeated visits to the CIA by the > US vice president, Dick Cheney, and demands by top officials to see > unsubstantiated reports, created an atmosphere in which intelligence > analysts were pressed to come to "more threatening" judgments of Iraq. > > The report concludes that "administration officials systematically > misrepresented the threat from Iraq's WMD and ballistic missile programmes". > > Last night aWhite House official responded by pointing to Mr Bush's comment > on December 15 when he was pressed on the absence of Iraqi WMD. He claimed > evidence had been found that contravened UN resolution 1441 calling for > Saddam to disarm, a possible reference to signs that Iraq had been trying to > extend the range of its missiles beyond UN limits. > > Stuart Cohen, the vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council, which > oversees intelligence assessments, also defended the 2002 NIE. "We did not, > in any area, hype our judgments. We made our calls based on the evidence we > had. We never used the word 'imminent' in the ... estimate." > > But Joseph Cirincione, lead author of the Carnegie report, said: "This is > the first thorough review of the intelligence threat assessments, > administration statements, findings of UN inspectors and nine months of US > searches in Iraq. It shows the threat assessment process is broken. The NIE > was wildly off the mark." > > Guardian Unlimited =A9 Guardian Newspapers Limited 2004 > > > > End of casi-news Digest _______________________________________ Sent via the CASI-analysis mailing list To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-analysis All postings are archived on CASI's website at http://www.casi.org.uk