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It's hard to imagine that the long-running government inquiry into why the United Kingdom went to war in Iraq in 2003 could descend into greater absurdity.Last week the government was forced to deny it was launching an inquiry into why the inquiry was taking so long. That followed the revelation that a number of those criticized in Chilcot's draft report are trying to get the criticism expunged on the basis that their "human rights" will be violated by the inquiry's findings.Chilcot continues to insist his report, which is thought to run to more than 1 million words, is still "not ready". The glacial pace of Chilcot's inquiry has been brought to a complete stop by the so-called "Maxwellization" process – a convention by which witnesses to an inquiry are informed of criticism in advance and given the chance to respond.The continuing delays caused by granting key figures a right of reply means the Chilcot inquiry has now become tainted by the same suspicion of cover-up as the war itself.So why on Earth has this sordid process been used so extensively in Chilcot's inquiry?
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