October 8 2002

The sky is falling, the sky is falling!

CHICKENHAWK DATABASE from the New Hampshire Gazette

Some administration officials expressing misgivings on Iraq

Knight-Ridder Tribune News

WASHINGTON -- While President Bush marshals congressional and international support for invading Iraq, a growing number of military officers, intelligence professionals and diplomats in his own government privately have deep misgivings about the administration's double-time march toward war.

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Bush-Blair transcript 'seized by IRA spies'
By Thomas Harding, Ireland Correspondent Telegraph
(Filed: 08/10/2002)

Secret documents obtained by an IRA spy network included transcripts of telephone conversations between Tony Blair and President Bush, security sources confirmed yesterday.

As Northern Ireland enters its biggest crisis since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, the province is bracing itself today for a final meeting of the power-sharing Assembly. Direct rule from Westminster is likely to be imposed within days.

The disclosure that terrorists gained access to confidential White House information is likely to provoke a furious reaction in America. David Trimble, Northern Ireland's First Minister and leader of the Ulster Unionists, compared the republican espionage as "10 times worse than Watergate", which led to the resignation of President Nixon.

Confidence in sharing power between the Unionists and Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA, has collapsed following the revelations connecting them to terrorist intelligence gathering.

The IRA and Sinn Fein allegedly used information from their spy ring during talks at Weston Park in July last year. Throughout five days of deadlocked negotiations, Sinn Fein procrastinated over arms decommissioning before accepting concessions from the Government. They are said to have known the Government's "bottom line" on negotiations on a number of occasions.

Documents taken included memos from John Reid, the Northern Ireland Secretary, to intelligence chiefs and Lt Gen Sir Alistair Irwin, the Army commander in Northern Ireland who was allegedly targeted by the Provisionals.

Minutes of separate private meetings held by Mr Blair with Mr Trimble and Ian Paisley, the Democratic Unionist Party leader, were also taken. So were notes from a meeting between Jane Kennedy, the security minister, and the director of the Organised Crime Task Force.

Denis Donaldson, Sinn Fein's chief administrator, has been charged with five counts of possessing documents useful to terrorists in carrying out acts of violence. Fiona Farrelly, a republican community worker, faces two similar charges.
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