Rep. Barbara Lee, Who Cast Sole Vote After 9/11 Against “Forever Wars,” on Need for Afghan War Inquiry

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. In the days that followed, the nation reeled from the deaths of over 3,000 people, as President George W. Bush beat the drums for war. On September 14, 2001, three days after the devastating 9/11 attacks, members of Congress held a five-hour debate on whether to grant the president expansive powers to use military force in retaliation for the attacks, which the Senate had already passed by a vote of 98 to 0. California Democratic Congressmember Barbara Lee, her voice trembling with emotion as…

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“An Inquiry Needs to Take Place”: Jeremy Corbyn on Afghanistan & Preventing the Next War

We get reaction to the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan from British member of Parliament and former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, one of the leading critics of the Afghan War in Britain. He says critics who warned against invading Afghanistan, and later Iraq, have been vindicated, and calls for an official inquiry into the war. “It’s horrible to read back to 2001 and 2003 and say all the worst predictions that any of us ever made have all come to pass,” Corbyn tells Democracy Now! Source link

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Coronavirus bereaved families group vows to get answers as Scottish inquiry launched

Support us and go ad-freePeople who have lost loved ones from coronavirus (Covid-19) have pledged to deliver for others in the same situation, as a public inquiry was announced in Scotland. Inquiry Speaking at a press conference after the decision was made public on Tuesday 24 August, Alan Wightman – who leads the Scottish chapter of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice – spoke directly to families who had suffered loss from the virus. The group met with Covid Recovery Secretary John Swinney on 24 August, where they were told the inquiry would be fully established by the end of the year, with a consultation launched the same day.…

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Inquiry launched into police firearms policy in wake of mass shooting

Support us and go ad-freeA firearms review is to be carried out into the police force which gave Jake Davison his licence and gun back just weeks before he killed five people in one of the UK’s worst mass shootings. Checks The inquiry into Devon and Cornwall Police’s firearms licensing procedures will be overseen by the National Police Chiefs’ Council. It’s the third investigation into the events of last week in which Jake Davison, 22, shot dead his own mother and four others in the Keyham area of Plymouth before turning the gun on himself. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is already investigating the decision by…

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“They Killed Us from the Inside”: U.N. Inquiry Demanded into Officials’ Culpability in Beirut Blast

One year after the Beirut port explosion, a new Human Rights Watch report implicates senior Lebanese officials in the disaster that killed 218 people, wounded 7,000 others and destroyed vast swaths of the city. The blast on August 4, 2020, was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history. It resulted from the detonation of hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate, which had been sitting in a hangar at the port for years while multiple government officials who knew about the highly explosive chemicals did nothing. “We didn’t find any Lebanese official who took any responsibility for securing the port and removing the ammonium nitrate,” says Human Rights…

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Boris Johnson says no to inquiry into disastrous 20-year Afghanistan war

Support us and go ad-freeBoris Johnson doesn’t want an inquiry into the 20 year long Afghanistan war. In his withdrawal announcement on Thursday 8 July, he said: I don’t think that that is the right way forward at this stage. He added that internal investigations had already taken place and mentioned that the Chilcot Report into Iraq had cost millions. Johnson had already told the Commons Liaison Committee on Wednesday 7 July that he would not comment until the planned announcement on Thursday. However, he did admit during the hearing that he was concerned about the security situation there. He told the committee: We have to be absolutely…

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Daniel Morgan inquiry shows public scrutiny under threat

Support us and go ad-freeThe recent Daniel Morgan Independent Panel inquiry has found the Metropolitan police to be institutionally corrupt. Unsurprisingly, the panel found the Met to be un-cooperative with the inquiry. However, the Home Office’s lack of support has gone largely unreported. The panel found that: the relationship with the Home Office as a department has been more challenging. They state that while they were able to do some of their work, as the department who sponsor the panel: the Home Office did not always advocate in support of the Panel’s requirements. We can go further. It has been 34 years since the murder of Daniel Morgan.…

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Unions pile pressure on government to launch coronavirus inquiry following claims by Dominic Cummings

Support us and go ad-freeUnions piled pressure on the government following claims by Dominic Cummings, with one official saying the health secretary should be sacked unless he answers questions about his capacity to handle the job. Accountability now Unite and the GMB reacted with anger to the former adviser’s revelations, and stepped up calls for an urgent public inquiry into the handling of the crisis. Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, said: From our factories to our warehouses, councils to hospitals, at ports, on public transport and in hospitality, Unite members have kept this country and our communities moving, and our people safe. Dozens of Unite members lost…

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Former Post Office boss says subpostmasters inquiry should have statutory powers

The former boss of the Post Office during the subpostmasters scandal has confirmed she is willing to appear as a witness into the massive miscarriage of justice. Statutory powers Paula Vennells, who ran the Post Office between 2012 and 2019, said she welcomed moves to give the inquiry statutory powers to compel witnesses to appear or risk jail for non-attendance. She said in a statement: It is beyond doubt there are serious and unanswered questions as to the manner in which subpostmasters were wrongly prosecuted. All those involved in any way have a duty to those subpostmasters and their families, who were innocent victims, to ensure that this…

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The farcical spycops inquiry is a multi-million pound ‘cover-up’

The latest set of hearings of the Undercover Policing Inquiry concluded on 13 May, but victims of police spies have expressed their anger at what is a farcical, excruciatingly slow “cover-up”. Beginning six years ago, the inquiry was set up to investigate the actions of police spies since 1968, as well as the units that ordered the officers to spy. Fraught with delays and deliberate obstruction by the police, it’s set to become one of the longest inquiries in British history. Vital police files are being withheld from the victims who were spied upon. Towards the end of April, the inquiry announced that the next set of hearings,…

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