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Dec 9 2004

Geoff Hoon, who with his bosses should have been hissed off the stage months ago, announced yesterday that it is not the business of the UK to concern themselves with the Iraqi dead.

The instigators of the contiguous cull in 2001 remain in such positions of power that one, for reasons we can only guess at, continues to direct billions of taxpayers' money as Chief Scientific Advisor at the Ministry of Defence in the buying of warships from Halliburton.

Exercise Hornbeam was carried out this year with the same secrecy as in 2001. Not even officially recognised "stakeholders" were involved in it. The SAC review of both Hornbeam and the Contingency Plan, with its dismissive comments about vaccination, appears to have been quietly placed on the DEFRA website - under Science rather than Foot and Mouth. It has not been properly discussed with stakeholders nor shown to them.