The Strange Death of David Kelly

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Norman Baker MP has performed a great public service in researching the circumstances surrounding the David Kelly incident, and demonstrated a level of integrity and public service that has become woefully rare amongst politicians. This is a book that deserves and demands to be read. The unlawful killing of Dr David Kelly, and the subsequent cover up, are amongst the most serious incidents in a decade of Blair Brown regime national socialism. Dr David Kelly was a nice man, a quiet man, an honest man, a family man. He spent his life as a dedicated public servant, working in the area of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. In his field he had no superior and few equals. His death was not only a personal tragedy and a grievous stain on the already besmirched record of the Blair Brown regime, but it was a great technical loss for Britain and her allies. David Kelly had built a detailed knowledge of the most terrible and destructive weapons on the planet, and the people who owned them, or aspired to ownership. He was a determined researcher and a persistent investigator who persuaded the Iraqi government to provide access to information that they would rather have hidden from view. His honesty and quiet determination earned the respect of those he investigated even if they did not like him. At home he was a respected member of his community who participated in local affairs and spent as much time with his family as a busy schedule permitted. In spy thrillers and films, the intelligence community is depicted as a collection of young and violent spies and assassins. The reality is that much of the community is composed of people like David Kelly who do not normally come to public notice, working quietly on the acquisition of knowledge in their specialist fields. Even within the community, they are not widely known and the essence of their work is bounded by the principle of need-to-know, as is shown by the copy of David Kelly’s security certificate that has been published in this book in the section of photographic plates. But for the grievous and shameful actions of the Blair Brown regime, David Kelly would never have come to public notice, continuing to work diligently to retirement as a seriously underpaid public servant, working in an area that most people would rather not know about. The working brief, that David Kelly operated to, was not unusual in his field. He was tasked with building an unrivalled knowledge of weapons of mass destruction and providing guidance to Government. To acquire this knowledge and to perform as a control inspector, he visited a number of countries, notably Iraq, and reported back on their weapons programmes. He also had a function as a liaison with the news media. This function is always poorly defined in writing and public servants, doing the type of job that David Kelly did, often have to exercise their own initiative on what information to give to which journalists. Much depends on a climate of trust between the public servant and a small group of journalists who have demonstrated a level of integrity. However, David Kelly committed the gravest sin in the eyes of the national socialists. He failed to follow the propaganda line in perpetuating the Great Lie on which the invasion of Iraq was based. Any government, which decides to launch a war of aggression against another sovereign state, runs the risk of both creating a very dangerous international situation, and also exposing itself to international condemnation. To reduce risk, the aggressor tries to fabricate some ‘justification’ for invasion. German national socialists became past masters at this, as was evidenced in 1939 when they fabricated attacks on Germans and German territory by Poles. Often the ‘justification’ is flimsy and not fully believed by the intended international audience. Eventually, all such war crimes are exposed. David Kelly exposed the situation at the beginning.

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