The Hutton Inquiry

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The Outer Limits Intelligence and Policy in the "War on Terror".

Related Reports

Intelligence and Security Commitee
Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction - Intelligence and Assessments

Butler Review
Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction

Flood Report
Australian Government: Inquiry into Australian Intelligence Agencies.

House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee
Report into the Use of Intelligence in the Buildup to the Iraq War
Report on Andrew Gilligan's Evidence
Report on Foreign Policy Aspects of the War against Terrorism

Iraq Survey Group
Interim Progress Report: Evidence to US Congressional Committees (declassified version, source CIA).

US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Report on the US Intelligence Community's Prewar Intelligence Assessments on Iraq
Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001

Independent Review of UK Government Communications
Phillis Report

Post-Hutton Review of the BBC's Journalism
Neil Report


BBC News Pages
Guardian Special Report
Telegraph Factfile
Times Hutton Inquiry Section


David Kelly's conversations with journalists about lead indirectly to his untimely death. But beyond this, evidence presented to the Hutton Inquiry shed light on the issues he was telling them about. The inquiry began to uncover the machinations behind the British Government's decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003, and its use of intelligence to attempt to persuade a sceptical public of their case that Saddam Hussein's Weapons of Mass Destruction presented a "current and serious" threat to the UK. This case has now had a thorough airing in various inquiries on both sides of the Atlantic and in Australia. The evidence presented to these inquiries makes very interesting reading and will be discussed (along with other issues related to the current global conflict) on a new community site: the Outer Limits.

In the meantime, the aim of this reading list is to provide a wider context for the Hutton Inquiry: What were the causes of the 2003 war in Iraq? How do they relate to the "War on Terror", the events of September 11th, 2001, and the relationship between the U.S., and other Western powers towards the Middle East and Islam. These links take you to where you can buy the books (if you do I will get a small commission which may help to defray the expense of running this site).

Plan of Attack: The Road to War by Bob Woodward, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who helped expose the Watergate Scandal.

Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror by Richard Clarke, former member of George W. Bush's National Security Council.

Disarming Iraq: The Search for Weapons of Mass Destruction by Hans Blix, leader of the UN weapons-inspection team.

The Point of Departure by Robin Cook, former British Foreign Secretary.

Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror by an anonymous member of the U.S. intelligence community.

9/11 documentary depicting the attack on the World Trade Center, September 11th, 2001.

September 11, 2001 a complation of newspaper front pages covering the events of the day.

The Wars Against Saddam: Taking the Hard Road to Baghdad by John Simpson, BBC World Affairs Editor.

Iraq: A Report from the Inside by Dilip Hiro.

The Base: Al-Qaeda and the Changing Face of Global Terror by Jane Corbin, the well-informed BBC journalist.

War Without End: The Rise of Islamist Terrorism and Global Response by Dilip Hiro

Politics of Truth by Joseph Wilson, the former U.S. Ambassador who travelled to Niger on behalf of the CIA to investigate claims that Iraq was trying to purchase Uranium from Africa.

The 9/11 Commission Report. Print version of this very readable report (see link above for online version).

The Price of Loyalty by Ron Suskind. Expose of the workings of the Bush Administration based on evidence from former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill.

Greg Dyke: Inside Story by Greg Dyke, former Director-General of the BBC who resigned over the findings of the Hutton Report.

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Wikipedia: The Hutton Inquiry (you can contribute).

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About the site

I made this site, because I was interested in the Hutton Inquiry, but I found it difficult to follow the transcripts on the official site.

The formatting is done automatically using php and mysql. I do not intend to introduce any errors into the transcripts, but it is possible that some unforseen error in my code may do this. Therefore you should always check any quote against the original transcripts. Of course I shall immediately correct any errors that are brought to my attention.

I intend to keep the site running for the forseeable future, at least until after the report is published, and I hope to add new features: index of evidence, search evidence.

Tom Hartley

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Contact your MP

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The Outer Limits

I have set up a online community site called the Outer Limits for informed discussion of issues related to Intelligence and Policy in the "War on Terror". The site is still under development, but please have a look, register, and post your news and views on the site.

Link Added: Flood Report

The Australian Inquiry into the use of intelligence in advance of the 2003 invasion of Iraq has now been published.

Further Reading List Added

I have added a reading list of commercially available books on topics related to the Hutton Inquiry, to supplement the publically available texts which are linked from the site.
These links (and the cover images on the right of the screen) take you to where you can buy the books (if you do I will get a small commission which may help to defray the expense of running this site).

Butler Review Published

Lord Butler's review of Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction in the run up to the war in Iraq has been published.

Link to US Senate Reports Added

New links have been added to reports from the US Senate's Select Committee on Intelligence concerning

Link to Neil Report Added

Following the Hutton Report the BBC Governors instigated a review of the editorial issues raised by the Inquiry. The review, headed by a former Director of BBC News and Current Affairs, Ronald Neil, published its report in June 2004.

Link to Phillis Report Added

This independent review of government communications was instigated after the Jo Moore/Martin Sixsmith affair and criticism of the government communications team at 10 Downing Street following the controversy surrounding the Prime Ministerís wife in her dealings with Peter Foster ("Cheriegate"). However, while the review was in progress problems related to government communications in the run-up to war in Iraq came to light. These formed part of the context for the Phillis Report (see page of the report for more details).

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The Hutton Report

The Report was released on the 28th of January.


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