June 30, 2009
Since the Iraqi war there have been a number of high profile individuals involved directly or indirectly with investigating the war who died in unusual circumstances. Three of them were all walking in the countryside and hills when they died.
The first and most sinister is Dr. David Christopher Kelly CMG (May 14, 1944 – July 17, 2003) who was an employee of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MoD), who was an expert in biological warfare and a former United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq. Kelly’s discussion with Today Programme journalist Andrew Gilligan about the British government’s dossier on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq inadvertently caused a major political scandal. He was found dead days after appearing before the Parliamentary committee charged with investigating the scandal.
On July 17, 2003 at about 15:00, Kelly told his wife that he was going for a walk, as he did every day. He appears to have gone directly to an area of woodlands known as Harrowdown Hill about a mile away from his home, where he allegedly ingested up to 29 tablets of painkillers (co-proxamol, an analgesic drug). He then allegedly cut his left wrist with a knife he had owned since his youth. The Hutton Inquiry reported on January 28, 2004 confirming that Kelly had committed suicide.
The second was Robin Cook who, in a column for the Guardian four weeks before his death, caused a stir when he described Al-Qaeda as a product of a western intelligence: “Bin Laden was, though, a product of a monumental miscalculation by western security agencies. Throughout the 80s he was armed by the CIA and funded by the Saudis to wage jihad against the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. Al-Qaida, literally ‘the database’, was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians.”
At around 2:20 pm, on 6 August 2005, whilst walking down Ben Stack in Sutherland, Scotland, Cook suddenly suffered a severe heart attack, collapsed and lost consciousness. The lingering questions about Robin Cook’s death HERE.
The third was Chief Constable Michael J. Todd who had been investigating on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers the extraordinary rendition (torture) flights conducted by the CIA to transport detainees.
Todd was reported missing by Greater Manchester Police, rescue teams from Llanberis, North Wales, started a search for him at 01:00 on 11 March 2008. After being alerted by hill walkers who found personal possessions, they found Todd’s body in the Bwlch Glas area of Snowdon.The post-mortem report initially found “no obvious cause” of death.
The common thread is that they were all involved in investigating the Iraq war and the torture claims after and had been critical of the British and American governments involvement in an illegal war.
Let this be a warning to anyone who attempts to expose the British government not to walk alone in the woods or hills as it seems it is an ideal place to be bumped off.
Chief Constable Michael J. Todd