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Howard squibs intelligence inquiry.



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Michael Organ MP

Greens Member for Cunningham

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HOWARD SQUIBS INTELLIGENCE INQUIRY

The Federal government’s appointment of a former Director General of the Office of National Assessments to head an inquiry into intelligence agencies is no substitute for a properly constituted Royal Commission, Cunningham MP Michael Organ said this afternoon.

“I shall introduce my Invasion of Iraq Royal Commission (Restoring Public Trust in Government) Bill to the House of Representatives next Monday afternoon, 8 March 2004”, Mr. Organ said.

“A Royal Commission, comprising three people of judicial standing and familiar with the intelligence community, will investigate the accuracy, independence and use of intelligence information that contributed to the decision to invade Iraq in 2003.”

“How can anyone have any faith in an inquiry where the intelligence agencies are to be reviewed by one of their own people?”

“Philip Flood’s former role as the head of ONA, the agency which changed its stance on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction overnight in September 2002, taking a hard-line position at odds with other agencies, surely disqualifies him from heading an inquiry which will look into that very agency.”

“The people whose actions are under investigation cannot investigate themselves, it’s just nonsense; Prime Minister Howard is trying to head-off an impartial judicial-style inquiry to save his own skin”, Mr. Organ concluded.

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