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  Downing Street memo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The term "Downing street memo" is also used to generally describe a larger body of associated or related documents leaked to the public from November 2004 onwards, which date from March 2002 through July 2002—the DSM being the most important.
Created in late May, After Downing Street is a coalition of organizations that support an official inquiry into the DSM, pre-war intelligence, and the planning and execution of the Iraq war.
The Downing Street Minutes was a major story in the British press during the last few days of the 2005 general election campaign and was also covered in other countries.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Downing_Street_memo   (5503 words)

  
 Secret Downing Street Memo leaked - Wikinews
The document, known popularly as the "Downing Street memo", is a document purporting to contain the minutes taken during a meeting among United Kingdom government and political figures on July 23, 2002 discussing the build-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Downing Street in London contains the official residence of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom] (at 10 Downing Street) and is a metonym for the United Kingdom government.
The memo was a major story in the British press during the last few days of the 2005 general election campaign and was also covered in other countries.
en.wikinews.org /wiki/Secret_Downing_Street_Memo_leaked   (2278 words)

  
 PressThink: The Downing Street Memo and the Court of Appeal in News Judgment
About the Downing Street Memo—which I think deserves sustained news attention, real Congressional hearings, questions and answers at White House briefings, continued blogging, serious examination by all Americans (including the President’s supporters) and the interest of future historians, essentially for the reasons articulated here—I have one thought to contribute.
The Downing Street documents, on the other hand, were allegedly authored by, and relate to meetings recently conducted by, a group of men who are very much alive and well.
DSM, on the other hand, was an official British Government document that proved that Bush and Blair had been lying throughout most of 2002 (and continue to lie to this day) about their intentions with regard to Iraq.
journalism.nyu.edu /pubzone/weblogs/pressthink/2005/06/19/dwn_mmo.html   (14231 words)

  
 Downing Street minutes - dKosopedia
The "Downing Street memo", sometimes described as the "smoking gun memo", is a document released by an undisclosed source that contains the minutes taken during a meeting among United Kingdom government and defense and intelligence figures on 23 July 2002 discussing the build-up to the 2003 Iraq War.
The memo gets its name from Downing Street in London, where the official residence of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (at 10 Downing Street) is located.
AfterDowningStreet.org is a coalition of more than 90 organizations who support an inquiry by the US into the issues surrounding the Downing Street memo and, US pre-war intelligence, and the planning and execution of the Iraq war.
www.dkosopedia.com /index.php/Downing_Street_Memo   (2894 words)

  
 indymedia.us :: Downing Street Memo darkens skies over White House
As the corporate media in the U.S. continues to ignore the Downing Street Memo recently revealed in the London Times, the potentially devastating condemnation of the Bush regime's deceptions behind the invasion of Iraq is gaining traction in Congress and in the independent media.
The "Downing Street Memo" has not received much coverage by the American media, and Americans are largely ignorant of it.
The "Downing Street Memo," recently leaked, reveals that President George W. Bush and his administration had already decided to invade Iraq by summer 2002 and -- determined to ensure that U.S. intelligence data supported his policies -- "fixed" the intelligence and facts.
indymedia.us /en/2005/05/7406.shtml   (631 words)

  
 Downing Street Memo - the blog   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
If, as the memo seems to suggest, nobody raised the obvious questions, it must be because everyone accepted that C resides in the same universe as they - and we - and that he was reporting what he had excellent reason to believe to be true.
The DSM demonstrates that Bush was dishonest with the public about his intentions and that the intelligence he did have in hand--fixed or not, faulty or not--did not support the case for war.
The Downing Street "Memo" is actually a document containing meeting minutes transcribed during the British Prime Minister's meeting on July 23, 2002—a full eight months PRIOR to the invasion of Iraq on March 20, 2003.
dsmemo.blogspot.com   (5075 words)

  
 Downing Street Memo | Democrats.com
What's come to be called the Downing Street Memo seems to confirm what opponents of the Iraq invasion suspected all along: that the president decided early on to overthrow Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, then tailored the intelligence to fit the preconceived course of action.
The memo, which records the minutes of a meeting of PM Tony Blair's senior foreign policy and security officials, shows that even as Bush told Americans in October 2002 that he "hope[d] the use of force will not become necessary"...
British memo reopens war claim Leaked briefing says U.S. intelligence facts `fixed' around policy A British official's report that the Bush administration appeared intent on invading Iraq long before it acknowledged as much or sought Congress' approval--and that it "fixed" intelligence to fit its intention--has caused a stir in Britain.
www.democrats.com /taxonomy/term/258   (2133 words)

  
 Downing Street Memo - Salon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
At a crowded basement forum on the Downing Street memo, Democrats demanded an inquiry into what Bush knew about Iraq war planning and when he knew it, but stopped short of calling for impeachment.
Leave it to the Beltway herd, with their special brand of arrogance, to insist that the Downing Street memo wasn't news.
The secret British memo isn't the ultimate smoking gun, but outcry over the initial scant coverage of it may be helping the story get its proper legs now.
dir.salon.com /topics/downing_street_memo   (365 words)

  
 Whiskey Bar: Downing Street Memo II   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Whiskey Bar: Downing Street Memo II Downing Street Memo II And like most sequels (The Godfather II being the big exception) it's not nearly as fresh or powerful as the original: Memo: U.S. Lacked Full Iraq Plan A briefing paper prepared for British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top...
Downing Street Memo II And like most sequels (The Godfather II being the big exception) it's not nearly as fresh or powerful as the original:
The eight-page memo, written in advance of a July 23, 2002, Downing Street meeting on Iraq, provides new insights into how senior British officials saw a Bush administration decision to go to war as inevitable, and realized more clearly than their American counterparts the potential for the post-invasion instability that continues to plague Iraq.
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 'Downing Street Memo' Gets Fresh Attention
The memo is said by some of the president's sharpest critics, such as Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, to be strong evidence that Bush decided to go to war and then looked for evidence to support his decision.
The Sunday Times said the memo is the minutes of a meeting that British Prime Minister Tony Blair had with some of his top intelligence and foreign policy aides on July 23, 2002, at 10 Downing Street, the prime minister's official residence.
The story said the memo indicates that Blair was told by the head of Britain's MI6 intelligence service that in 2002, the Bush administration was selectively choosing evidence that supported its case for going to war and ignoring anything to the contrary.
www.commondreams.org /headlines05/0608-01.htm   (904 words)

  
 The secret Downing Street memo, July 23, 2002 - SourceWatch
The secret Downing Street memo, July 23, 2002, -- also known as the 'Smoking Gun' Memo -- regarding U.S. President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair's plans for war in Iraq, was revealed by the United Kingdom's The Sunday Times, May 1, 2005.
Erik Mattheis has compiled U.S. media citations of the "Downing Street memo" dating from May 1, 2005, to present, which can be viewed at fearofclowns.com (http://fearofclowns.com/text/downing_street_memo_articles/) (accessed June 8, 2005).
Josh Richman, "'Downing Street memo' on Iraq met mostly with silence.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=The_secret_Downing_Street_memo,_July_23,_2002   (1755 words)

  
 James S. Robbins on Downing Street Memo on National Review Online
Two days later nearly identical language would be recorded in the so-called "Downing Street Memo," the minutes of a British cabinet meeting recorded by foreign-policy aide Matthew Rycroft and published “gotcha!” style days before the recent parliamentary election.
By the time the Downing Street Memo was written overt action against Iraq was being widely discussed, spurred in part by the July 5, 2002, publication of some of the war plans in the New York Times.
The memo itself notes that the British assumed that Saddam had limited WMD capabilities — and the September 24, 2002, British white paper on the topic spelled out exactly what Whitehall believed to be the facts.
www.nationalreview.com /robbins/robbins200506060801.asp   (1909 words)

  
 CODEPINK : After Downing Street
The Downing Street Memo confirms that the Bush administration had decided to attack Iraq and overthrow Saddam Hussein before the UN weapons inspectors had completed their work.
The Downing Street Memo is a document containing meeting minutes transcribed during the British Prime Minister's meeting on July 23, 2002—a full eight months PRIOR to the invasion of Iraq on March 20, 2003.
We feel strongly that this memo constitutes proof of conspiracy to deceive Congress and the American public about the reasons for going to war, and would therefore be grounds for impeachment.
www.codepink4peace.org /article.php?list=type&type=64   (912 words)

  
 What the Hell is the Downing St. Memo -- and Who Cares?
One relevant DSM paragraph (in which the protagonist is identified only by the initial "C") goes like this: "...C reported on his recent talks in Washington.
Like the Pentagon Papers, the DSM was leaked to a newspaper by a government insider, and rushed into print despite government objections.
On the Downing Street Memo, however, the only word available to most Americans are the President's denials, none challenged by the press.
www.commondreams.org /views05/0619-31.htm   (1038 words)

  
 (DV) Zeese: How Much Proof Needed Before the Truth Comes Out?
Downing Street I: This memorandum is the minutes of a meeting between Britain’s top national security officials and Prime Minister Blair on July 23, 2002 -- eight months before the invasion of Iraq.
Downing Street III: A memorandum from British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw to the Prime Minister dated March 25, 2002 in preparation for the PM’s visit to Crawford, Texas.
Downing Street VI: A memorandum to Prime Minister Blair dated March 12, 2002 from British foreign policy advisor David Manning, the purpose of which is to prepare the Prime Minister for his trip to Crawford, Texas to meet with President Bush.
www.dissidentvoice.org /June05/Zeese0615.htm   (1272 words)

  
 Reason: Downing Street Downer: Be careful what you wish for in May; you may get it in June
The Downing Street Memo, the Iraq War's smoking gun, the undoing of the Bush administration, the story so shocking only a concerted effort by the MSM could keep it quiet, the light that will finally open the eyes of the American people, has finally arrived.
In fact, the media-silence angle was the most interesting part of the story, yielding hilarious gems like Eric Boehlert's survey of newsrooms in Salon, wherein the hard-charging newshound editors at several major newspapers concede that they dropped the ball on this story because the wire services didn't explain that it was important.
Faced with the actual Memo, however (and it's a quick read, so here it is again), we have a total of one money quote, apparently courtesy of Sir Richard Dearlove, a.k.a.
www.reason.com /links/links061505.shtml   (1029 words)

  
 village voice > news > What's the Deal With the Downing Street Memo? by Patrick Mulvaney   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The Memo has been big, big news in Britain, but had, at least until Thursday, received little attention in the U.S. What follows is a primer on the Memo and its implications.
The Memo confirmed what many progressives had long suspected: that the Bush administration first decided to start a war in Iraq and then rigged a case to justify it.
The British media, from the Guardian to the BBC News, quickly explored the Memo and its implications and subsequently unearthed more documents that cast further doubt on the official Bush-Blair version of the run-up to the war (as well as the preparations for its aftermath).
villagevoice.com /news/0525,memo,65101,6.html   (795 words)

  
 Dem Bloggers Downing Street Memo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
These minutes-known as the "Downing Street Memo"-raise troubling questions about the use of intelligence by American policy makers-questions that your committee is uniquely situated to address.
She did her little dance and the conversation quickly moved on but as a side-note Chris Matthews has now brought the Downing Street Memo into the conversation twice since the joint press conference between Bush and Blair.
The video of the first time Chris Matthews raised the issue of the Downing Street Memo can be found here.
www.dembloggers.com /section/downingstreetmemo   (1151 words)

  
 TomDispatch - Tomgram: Mark Danner on the British Smoking-Gun Memo
As the British smoking-gun memo indicates in that single classic line, they placed their deepest faith in their conviction that, once the invasion was completed successful and Saddam had fallen, everything else in Iraq would simply fall into place as well.
Blair had predicted, that July morning on Downing Street, that the "two key issues were whether the military plan worked and whether we had the political strategy to give the military plan the space to work." He seems to have been proved right in this.
In the end, the Downing Street memo, and Americans' lack of interest in what it shows, has to do with a certain attitude about facts, or rather about where the line should be drawn between facts and political opinion.
www.tomdispatch.com /index.mhtml?pid=2486   (3878 words)

  
 NPR : British Journalist Michael Smith, 'Downing Street Memo'
The memo is dated July 23, 2002, and was sent by Matthew Rycroft, then a British foreign policy adviser, to David Manning, Britain's ambassador to the U.S. 'Downing Street Memo' (PDF), Source: 'The Sunday Times'(Requires Adobe Acrobat)
He's the journalist to whom the so-called Downing Street memo was leaked.
The memo -- the minutes of a July 23, 2002, meeting of Britain's War Cabinet -- reveals that President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair began the war on the Iraq before Bush received congressional approval and before a U.N. vote.
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=4731528   (257 words)

  
 Downing Street Memo, A Crime is Documented
Goldsmith Memo- The Other British Memo The Attorney General for Blair's government wrote this legal advice on the legality of a war on Iraq.
This memo (really minutes of a meeting) was written by British national security aide Matthew Rycroft based on notes that he took during a July 2002 meeting - eight months before Bush started the war.
The memo quoted Dearlove saying that the Bush people wanted to remove Saddam militarily and that the intelligence and facts were being "fixed" to justify that.
www.tomjoad.org /downingstreetmemo.htm   (1776 words)

  
 The Blue Bus is calling us...: Update on the Downing Street Memo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The Downing Street Memo is the initial proof needed to IMPEACH this president according to U.S. law.
The Downing Street Memo is not a shocking revelation of a "Puppet President’s" fabrication of a reason to invade a sovereign, albeit despot controlled, country.
To resurrect outrage at the truth behind the Downing Street Memo, we must first be outraged at the conditions that have allowed a basically corrupt and inept administration to dupe the electorate and the elected into believing that selling democracy to the world is worth destroying it here at home.
www.bluebus.org /archives/20050510_update_on_the_d.php   (3397 words)

  
 Scoop: David Swanson: Downing Street Memo In FoxSpeak
It is called the Downing Street Memo, and it is such a focal point now that it even has its own Web site, www.downingstreetmemo.com.
And when he reported, as the memo says - - and this is paraphrasing now, it's not quoting him -- that military action was now seen as inevitable -- that is in Washington -- Bush wanted to remove Saddam...
The Downing Street Memo indicates that Jack Straw, the UK Foreign Secretary, said "the case [for war, not merely the intelligence] was thin." Straw did not resign and remains Foreign Secretary today.
www.scoop.co.nz /stories/HL0506/S00103.htm   (2052 words)

  
 After Downing Street
The Downing Street Minutes are deserving, in the words of constitutional lawyer John Bonifaz, of an official "Resolution of Inquiry directing the House Judiciary Committee to launch a formal investigation into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its constitutional power to impeach George W. Bush, President of the United States."
Our memo is written to Representative Conyers, both because he is the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee and because he has been a brave truth-seeker on this issue and so many others.
Despite a slow start, the Downing Street Minutes may have a long life expectancy, and the Misleader of the Pack may yet have to confront the truth.
www.thenation.com /doc/20050620/cobble   (949 words)

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