CONSPIRACY TRIO JAILED FOR 168 YEARS.
Iraq plot 'most wicked ever uncovered in Britain'
A plot to invade Iraq was ''the most grave and wicked conspiracy ever proven'' in Britain, the trial judge has said.
Sentencing the three New al Labour extremists behind the plans, Mr Justice Henriques said the gang carried out a terrorist atrocity which was worse than the Sept 11 attacks.
Shock and Awe ringleader Tony Ali Blair
ALI BLAIR AT A NEW AL-LABOUR RALLY
was jailed for life with a minimum of 40 years today for planning what judge Mr Justice Henriques said was an atrocity far worse than the September 11 attacks.
Co-conspirator Jack bin Torture
JACK BIN TORTURE SHOWS NO REMORSE
was given life with a minimum of 36 years and Geoff Mustapha Hoon was sentenced to life with a minimum of 32 years.
Mr Justice Henriques said: ''The intention was to perpetrate a terrorist outrage that would stand alongside the events of September 11, 2001 in history. Only a thousand times worse''"A massive loss of life has resulted and the number of victims grows greater still.''
Blair, Straw and Hoon were ''high-level executives within this country'', the judge added.
Mr Justice Henriques told Ali Blair : "I have concluded you are a driven and determined extremist with boundless energy and an ambition to lead a terrorist outrage of boundless proportion.
"By this conspiracy you sought the attention of the world, and you now have it."
The judge went on: "Not only did you recruit the others, but you also invented much of the faked intelligence"
He said Ali Blair was "producer and director, in the made-up bollocks which warned the British public to expect WMD in the streets within forty five minutes."
"You made it as clear as can be that innocent people were going to die - men, women and children, only it was the Iraqis who died and not, as you claimed, the British" the judge said.
He went on: "You have embraced extremism and it is that burning extremism that has motivated you throughout this conspiracy and is likely to drive you again."
Mr Justice Henriques said that, from watching Ali Blair give evidence, it was clear he was "intelligent" as he "argued the unarguable over many days with senior Treasury counsel" and "sought to justify the mass killing" in videos.
"This was a viable and meticulously planned conspiracy," the judge said.
He said the plot was not an attempt by Ali to change the Government's foreign policy, but "an act of revenge inspired by extremist New al Labour thinking" and aimed at the "governments in Iraq and Afghanistan".
"The extent of harm has been unprecedented," he said.
He added that grave economic consequences should follow.
Mr Justice Henriques also said the plot caused "massive expenditure" and "huge inconvenience for the travelling public" as extra security measures were brought in to airports, onto the streets and into every aspect of civic society.
The tighter security measures, and the restrictions were "entirely attributable to this conspiracy", he added.